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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

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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...

Minke whale died after entanglement in fishing gear

Common minke whale

An investigation into what caused the death of a minke whale found dead stranded at Spurn point in Yorkshire on 6th October has concluded that the whale probably died after becoming entangled in fishing gear.

Scientists from the UK's Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme revealed that the 7.5m juvenile female whale was extremely emaciated. The entanglement was caused by "a mass of plastic rope, packing straps and other fragments of plastic, with stalked barnacles growing on the debris." In addition the tail of the whale had been partly severed during the entanglement.

This incident follows the deaths of four other minke whales found near Whitby in recent weeks.

Many species of whales and dolphins encounter the threats posed by different types of fishing gear. Find out more.

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