Whalers accused of slaughtering endangered blue whale off coast of Iceland

Mindy Sparks
July 13, 2018

"There were no characteristics of a blue whale, it is very easy to tell a blue whale in the ocean".

"This awful incident comes as Japan is rumoured to be planning an attempt to overturn the global moratorium on commercial whaling, and clearly speaks to how utterly inappropriate it is for countries to even contemplate allowing a large-scale return to this grossly inhumane and haphazard industry".

The company that killed the whale, called Hvalur hf, has other ideas though, saying it's sure the whale is a hybrid.

Dr Gill said the colouration, shape and size of the dorsal fin and colour of the baleen (mouth filter) were all characteristic of a blue whale.

Multiple experts who saw the photos said the whale was nearly certainly a blue whale, going by its colour, pattern, and fin and tail shape.

An image taken by a conservation group shows an Icelandic company processing a killed whale.

His companied is licensed to hunt fin whales in Iceland and has so far killed 21 this season, according to Hard to Port and Sea Shepherd.


"There is nearly no possibility that an experienced observer would have misidentified it as anything else at sea".

Animal rights campaigners who photographed the whale's carcass, say it was harpooned and killed off the west coast of Iceland on 8 July. "Hybrids are not a protected species".

However, Iceland doesn't follow the global moratorium on killing all whales, and will give permits for hunting fin whales, which they do not believe are threatened.

"This bad incident comes as Japan is rumoured to be planning an attempt to overturn the global moratorium on commercial whaling, and clearly speaks to how utterly inappropriate it is for countries to even contemplate allowing a large-scale return to this grossly inhumane and haphazard industry".

Their founder, Paul Watson, said: "This man (Loftsson) must be stopped from ruthlessly violating worldwide conservation law and bringing such disrepute to the nation of Iceland". "We see them in the ocean". "I know a blue whale when I see one and this whale slaughtered by Kristjan Loftsson is a blue whale".

Mr Loftsson said there is "no way" his crew would have mistakenly killed a blue whale and that instead it was a hybrid of a blue whale and a fin whale, not protected under International Whaling Commission protocol. Before the commercial whaling of the 20th century there were about quarter of a million blue whales.

"Loftsson ordered his crew to butcher the whale just like it was another Fin whale, ' the anti-whaling group claimed".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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