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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...

Captive orca dies at Marineland in Antibes, France

Freya, a female orca held captive for 32 years, has died at Marineland, a marine park in Antibes in the south of France. 

She had spent almost her entire life in captivity, since being taken from the wild off the coast of Iceland when just one year old.

During her life in confinement she gave birth to several calves. It is not known what caused her death, but in the wild a female orca would be expected for an average of 46 years and possibly much longer.

More on the fate of orcas in captivity.

Freya, orca at Marineland in Antibes

Photo © Orca Aware

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