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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...

Experts raise concerns for beluga whales at Vancouver Aquarium

Animal behaviour experts abserving the activities of a beluga whale at the Vancouver Aquarium in Canada have expressed concerns that the whales are exhibiting repetitive behaviour — also known as sterotypy.

After visiting the facility one expert, Rebecca Ledger said that the belugas were ‘trapped, not fulfilled and were behaving abnormally.’

‘These are very intelligent animals, she said. we’re not talking about cockroaches.’

Of particular concern is the mental state of Qila, a beluga whale held captive since birth in 1995. Visitors to the Vancouver Aquarium can watch Qila swim repetitively in a clockwise pattern for a large part of the day.

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