Whaling

Tourists shocked by hunting vessel dragging dead whales into port

Graphic new photos have emmerged that demonstrate how whaling is threatening whale-watching.

The images of an Icelandic whaling vessel dragging dead endangered fin whales to shore for processing were released today by Timothy Baker, a US whale-watching tourist.

Hoping to see protected fin whales in their natural environment, Baker and others in his party were instead confronted by the grim spectacle of the Hvalur 8, owned by Icelandic multi-millionaire whaling kingpin Kristján Loftsson, towing dead whales back to port.

 

Icelandic government official questions whale hunts

A leading member of the Icelandic government has questioned the extent of the country’s whale hunting in a surprising interview with a local news service.

In the first acknowledgement of its kind from an Icelandic government official for many years, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Iceland's Foreign Minister has indicated that Iceland should consider reducing its whaling operations in light of international criticism.

Icelandic fin whale slaughter now at 36

Despite the fin whale hunting season starting later than usual in Iceland, reports from the country say that a further four endangered fin whales were killed at sea earlier in the week, putting the total for this hunting season at 36.  It is thought that calm weather conditions at sea have made the slaughter relatively easy.

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