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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...

SeaWorld's visitor figures drop again

SeaWorld’s financial figures for the first quarter of the year saw its revenues drop by around 15% compared with the same period in previous year. Although overall losses improved, visitor numbers also fell, the company putting much of this down to a late Easter.

The company announced it was no longer going to breed orcas in capitivity last year and recently ended its theatrical shows featuring the whales. Instead, the company will soon be launching a new “Orca Encounter” which it claims will be a more educational experience.

The figures were released the day after the Zhonghong Group completed the purchase of its 21% stake in the company from the Blackstone Group. SeaWorld will be offering advice to an affiliate of the Chinese-based company on new parks in Asia, but says these will not feature orca shows.