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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...

Dolphins released after illegal capture in Solomon Islands

Around 30 Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins that had been illegally captured in the Solomon Islands have been released back to the wild after an investigation by government fisheries officials.

For many years, the Solomons were a source of dolphins for the captivity industry and it is possible these dolphins might have been facing a similar fate. The dolphins were captured in the Western Provinces and then moved to seapens on Bungana Island.

After years of campaigning by conservation groups, the Solomons government finally banned the capture and export of dolphins in 2012. Under local laws the penalty for attempting to export dolphins can be a £500,000 fine and/or a two-year prison sentence. Earlier this year, another group of dolphins were released after being caught for possible export.