Icelandic Whalers Just Killed a Blue Whale
Icelandic whalers just harpooned the first Blue Whale to be intentionally killed in almost 40 years.
Although the first 21 whales killed were endangered Fin whales which the Icelandic government has permitted Loftsson’s company to slaughter despite an international moratorium on whaling and the endangered status of the fin whale – they do not have a permit to kill endangered Blue whales.
“While I can’t entirely rule out the possibility that this is a hybrid, I don’t see any characteristics that would suggest that. From the photos, it has all the characteristics of a blue whale; given that – notably the coloration pattern – there is almost no possibility that an experienced observer would have misidentified it as anything else at sea.” said Dr Phillip Clapham, NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Centre.
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CALL TO ACTION!
Please email or write polite letters voicing your support for Iceland’s whale watching industry and the establishment of a national whale sanctuary in Iceland’s territorial waters:
Prime Minister of Iceland
The Prime Minister’s Office
Stjornarradshusid vid Laekjartorg
101 Reykjavik, Iceland
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson
Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources
101, Reykjavik, Iceland
Icelandic Tourism Board
101 Reykjavík, Iceland
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