Its offical the whaling season in iceland has ended. After 146 endangered fin whales have been killed not including 21+ unborn calfs killed when there mothers were shot with a explosive harpoon.
During this 100 day time were the company Hvalure H/F could whale with their boats Hvalur 8 and Hvalur 9, there has been some shocking footage of the pain and suffering to these whales.
One of the first shocking incidents was whale 22, whale 22 was suspected as being a blue whale after testing it is been said to be a hybrid between a blue and fin whale. However, a lot of people do not believe the claim.
The 62nd whale to be killed suffered a painful death when a explosive harpoon was shot at a endangered fin whale in the fin only just penetrating the blubber of the whale, after this it was then dragged back and most likely drowned before getting to the station.
Soon after sea shepherd crews noticed a unborn calf carcus being dragged across the floor bye 3 men. Since then 21 + unborn calfs have been seen dragged from there mothers body.
This one was not the first calf only the first to be caught on camera. After the first calf was caught on camera, the company said they had killed multiple pregnant endangered fin whales. From then sea shepherd and other organisations kept track of the calfs they were able to see killed away from there mothers.
Whale 98- possible hybrid between fin and blue. This whales life was wasted as the meat can not even be sold to Japan as there was no licence for the killing. However this whale could help prove that 22 was a blue not hybrid as they do not look very much alike.
During the period of time when it was thought the whaling was over One worker at the station grabbed a camouflaged rifle that was in the area were know one could see it and killed 4-5 lesser black backed gulls who were peacefully eating left over meat from the slip way.
2018 – the whaling company had a 100 day licence. The season has now ended with a total of 146 whales not counting unborn calfs. The quota was 161+30 due to a unused quota last year, luckily they did not reach this amount. This could repeat next year if pressure isn’t applied to the Iceland government.
Please continue to email the following:
Make your voice heard! 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
Dont forget to keep checking in daily to find out about what is going on in Taiji.
Iceland whaling has been one of the main campaigns focused on during this blog as information to Iceland whaling was easily accessible. However, Taiji continues and I will continue to update every day on what is going on. Hopefully next year the Iceland government will not issue a licence for whaling. But if they do updates will start as soon as the first boat has left the station.