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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...

Beluga whale sighting in Thames estuary

A beluga whale has been sighted swimming in the Thames estuary near Coalhouse Fort in Essex.

The whale was first seen and filmed this morning. Beluga whales are easily identified by their distinctive white markings. While porpoises and dolphins are occasionally seen in the river, sightings of other species are rare.

Beluga whales inhabit cold, arctic waters off Greenland, Svalbard and in the Barents Sea. There have only been around 20 sightings of beluga whales off the UK coast previously but these have occurred off Northumberland, Northern Ireland and Scotland.