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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...

Toxic chemicals found in brains of beached whales

Scientists at Aberdeen University have found high levels of chemical toxins in the bodies of a pod of whales stranded in Scotland three years ago.

The pilot whales were found to be contaminated with mercury and cadmium in all organs, including the brain. This is thought to be the first time that cadmium has been shown to have passed through a natural barrier in the brain that prevents such materials from entering.

The report also suggests that this toxic ‘stress’ increases the longer the whales live, and that the possibility that the chemicals were a factor in the whales navigating off course could not be ruled out.