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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...

Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

With the very real prospect of Iceland's only fin whale hunter, Kristján Loftsson sending boats...
Humpback whale underwater

Humpback whale rescued from shark net in Australia

A humpback whale and her calf have managed to escape after becoming entangled in a...
Long-finned pilot whale

Fishermen in Norway eat pilot whale after entanglement in net

According to local reports, fishermen in Norway ate meat from a long-finned pilot whale after...

US sushi restaurant owner pleads guilty to serving sei whale meat after undercover ’sting’

This week, the owner and parent company of The Hump, a now-closed sushi restaurant in Santa Monica, California, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully selling sei whale meat imported from Japan. 



This followed guilty pleas earlier this year from two chefs at the restaurant as well as their supplier. The case came to light when an associate producer of The Cove – the award-winning film documenting drive hunts in Japan –  organised a video ‘sting’ during which undercover investigators were able to order the sei whale meat as part of an omakase meal on three occasions between 2009-2010.  Owner Brian Vidor, and parent company, Typhoon Restaurant Co., will be sentenced early next year. 

About Vanessa Williams-Grey

Policy manager - Stop Whaling and Responsible Whale Watching