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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...

New documentary to expose secrets behind massive Russian whale slaughter

Makers of a new film documenting one of the greatest environmental crimes of the 20th Century are appealing for funds to finalize the project, which shines a light on a tragic episode in history.

“The Secret Whales”  is a detective story spanning almost 60 years tracing the massive illegal and secret slaughter of 200,000 whales by the Soviet Union in the 1960s. It reveals KGB involvement, secret codes and deception at the highest levels of government that only came to light because of the diligent efforts and bravery of a small international group of intrepid scientists.

Twenty two years ago, WDC supported a report by the Russian Marine Mammal Commission that detailed the falsification of Soviet Whaling data between 1947 and 1972, and the massive scale of the Soviet whale slaughter.

To this day the full magnitude of the killing and the complicity of other whaling nations remains unknown.

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