The Norwegian whaling season has ended and, according to reports within the country, 660 minke whales have been killed between April and the end of September.
Poor weather conditions played a part in limiting the slaughter, which was down from 736 whales killed last year.
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.