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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...

Beaked whale in Norway had 30 plastic bags in stomach

A sick Cuvier’s beaked whale that was euthanized after stranding on a beach in southwestern Norway, had thirty plastic bags and other waste in his stomach. The discovery was made during an necropsy of the whale by a team from the University of Bergen.

The 20ft adult male whale beached on the island of Sotra, near Bergen on Saturday despite attempts to send it back out to sea. According to Dr Terje Lislevand, one of the team who performed the necropsy: “The whale’s stomach was full of plastic bags and packaging with labels in Danish and English.” He went on to say that whale was probably in serious pain for a long time before he stranded, the first time this species has stranded in Norway.

The bags included sweet wrappers, bread bags and a crisp packet. It is believed the whale may have mistaken them for squid which they usually prey on.

The United Nations estimates that about 8 million tons of plastic rubbish are put in the oceans every year. 

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About George Berry

George is a member of WDC's Communications team and website coordinator.