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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered 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 Kairo dies at Oceanogràfic València

A marine park in Spain has announced the death of one of the beluga whales it holds in captivity. Valencia’s Oceanografic released a statement that the male whale called Kairo had died after 20 years being held at the park. He was brought to the park from the Mar de Plata aquarium in Argentina. It is thought Kairo may have been around 30-35 years old.

In 2006, Kairo made the news after he fathered a calf with Yulka, a young beluga whale that had just reached sexual maturity. Sadly, the calf died after just 25 days. Yulka continues to be held at the park along with their five-year-old calf, Kylu.

The park is the only one in Europe to hold captive belugas, a species that in the wild lives in the cold waters of the arctic.

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