New plans to open a huge, land-based whale watching attraction in Norway will promote the amazing opportunities see whales in Norway but could also help change the opinions of some Norwegians who still support whale hunting in the region.
The stunning looking building will sit right on the shore around 300km north of the Arctic Circle, enabling visitors to get very close to passing whales without disturbing them or their habitat.
Norway currently hunts minke whales under an 'objection' to the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) ban on commercial whaling, and a total of 429 minke whales were killed during the 2019 season. But this figure is low in comparison to previous years and mirrors the dwindling support for the hunts (and consumption of whale meat) in Norway, something which WDC highlighted in a recent survey.
This new attraction, called ‘The Whale’ could play a big part in helping end the unprofitable practice of hunting in Norway once and for all.
The site will cover 4,500 sq m and feature a large curved roof that will also allow the public to walk onto and view the whales from a higher vantage point. Inside the building there will be exhibitions that offer an insight into the lives of these amazing creatures.
The design is the brainchild of architecture firm, Dorte Mandrup and the development is expected to be finished by 2022.