An Endangered Blue Whale Has Been Slaughtered by Icelandic Whalers, Reports Claim

13 July, 2018, 17:38 | Author: Darnell Taylor

Commercial whaling has been banned since 1986 under the a moratorium issued by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), however in Iceland the government regulates the hunting of whales having expressed reservations about its prohibition.

Hard To Port said that the whale could be a blue whale or a rare hybrid of a fin and blue whale and called the killing a mistake in a statement.

"From the photos, it has all the characteristics of a blue whale; given that - notably the coloration pattern - there is nearly no possibility that an experienced observer would have misidentified it as anything else at sea".

"To mistake a blue whale for a fin whale is impossible, this whale has all the characterisations of a fin whale in the ocean".

This would be the first blue whale deliberately killed in 40 years, according to IUCN.

"Whale 22 (documented by us on July 7th midnight / July 8th early morning) shows features of a blue whale (darker belly, all black baleen, bluish colour)", they wrote in a Facebook post.

Since then, the significant weight of expert opinion, including CEO of The Blue Whale Study Dr Peter Gill, have agreed that the animal is most likely a blue whale, with a very small chance it may be a hybrid.

Photos of the massive mammal, which can grow to 33 metres long, were posted online by conservation groups claiming it was slain by Kristján Loftsson's whaling company, the Daily Mail reports.

Tesla loses U.S. subsidies as it hits 200,000 sales mark
Today, though, a Tesla spokesperson confirmed to Electrek that it did, indeed, hit the 200,000 delivery point this month. Customers will still be eligible for the full $7,500 credit for vehicles delivered on or before December 31, 2018.


Thai Navy SEALs Share New Cave Rescue Video
U.S. media quoted the company as saying the film would be directed by Jon M Chu. I'm really thankful that they found my son and all 13 are alive.


Israeli company plans lunar landing next year - 7/10/2018 7:50:35 AM
Concurrently, the non-profit is continuing its efforts to raise the funds necessary to complete this mission. At this point, it will ignite its engines and reduce its speed to allow the moon's gravity to capture it.


An Icelandic whaling company has been accused of slaughtering an endangered blue whale in a "deplorable act", provoking anger and condemnation from the global marine conservationist community.

"I am absolutely confident that it's a hybrid", said Kristján Loftsson who runs Hvalur hf, to Matt McGrath at the BBC.

Sea Shepherd UK's Chief Operating officer Robert Read demanded that DNA samples should be taken from from all the whale meat and parts in storage at Loftsson's whaling station and warehouses.

"Iceland's whaling is rogue and archaic and should command diplomatic criticism at the highest levels".

Humane Society International senior marine scientist Mark Simmonds also believed it was a juvenile blue whale or a rare fin whale-blue whale hybrid.

Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, who has spent over a half a century defending whales, appealed to Icelandic authorities to stop Loftsson "from ruthlessly violating global conservation law and bringing such disrepute to the nation of Iceland".

"Loftsson ordered his crew to butcher the whale just like it was another Fin whale, ' the anti-whaling group claimed". Before the commercial whaling of the 20th century there were about quarter of a million blue whales.

Recommended:

  • Trump, Obama, Katy Perry lose followers as Twitter purges inactive accounts

    He also added that the new protections policy has helped Twitter to prevent more than 50,000 fake signups per day. Twitter said owners of accounts will not be able to log in unless they validate the accounts and reset passwords.
    NBA Reports: Isaiah Thomas headed to the Nuggets

    NBA Reports: Isaiah Thomas headed to the Nuggets

    The Kings selected Thomas in the second round (60th overall) in the 2011 draft out of the University of Washington. He was an All-Star in both 2015-16 and 2016-17, averaging 25.5 points and 6.1 points in those seasons combined.
    Facts and figures about this year's Emmy Award nominations

    Facts and figures about this year's Emmy Award nominations

    Only one nominations category is all-white, and in three categories minority actors account for more than half the nominees. If Legend wins, he'll join the rarified club of "EGOT" performers who've won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony.
  • Ministry recalls some medicines containing valsartan over cancer fears

    Ministry recalls some medicines containing valsartan over cancer fears

    He said the government needs to devise a system to alert patients if unforeseen problems arise concerning their medicine. A substance in valsartan than is found in some heart and high blood pressure drugs has been linked to cancer.
    Donald Trump gives May's Brexit plan both barrels

    Donald Trump gives May's Brexit plan both barrels

    Melania styled her hair into loose side-swept curls, adding smoky eye makeup and pink lipstick to complete the dazzling look. Trump next heads to Windsor Castle for tea with the queen, as protesters stage a mass demonstration in London .
    Microsoft Improves Windows Notepad

    Microsoft Improves Windows Notepad

    Also, when saving files, the line and column numbers will remain as they are instead of being reset to one. Shortcuts for Ctrl + Plus, Ctrl + Minus, and Ctrl + MouseWheel will all work to change the zoom setting .
  • Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation  allies calling for increase in defence spending

    Trump lashes out at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies calling for increase in defence spending

    A frustrated Trump has already hinted he may accept Russia's annexation of Crimea as he accepted Israel's annexation of Jerusalem. From Brussels, Trump heads to England, where May's government is in turmoil over her plans for exiting the European Union.
    LA woman held for July 4 beating of elderly man

    LA woman held for July 4 beating of elderly man

    The elderly man was born in Mexico but is a permanent resident of the United States. "I can't walk", Rodriguez said. An eyewitness told KABC that the attack started after Rodriguez passed the woman while walking down the sidewalk.
    Royal family: Queen and Prince Philip to miss Prince Louis' christening

    Royal family: Queen and Prince Philip to miss Prince Louis' christening

    Welby will use the Lily Font, commissioned by queen Victoria for the baptism of her first child in 1841. Today, the Queen welcomed two religious leaders to Windsor Castle wearing summery floral dress.
  • Ontario Tories promises to fund health-care, expand beer and wine sales

    Ontario Tories promises to fund health-care, expand beer and wine sales

    Ontario Premier Doug Ford leaves his office at Queen's Park after meeting with Mayor John Tory in Toronto on July 9, 2018. The prospect of beer in corner stores was made by Ford as one of his campaign promises.
    Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation  members have agreed to spending increases

    Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have agreed to spending increases

    Lawmakers in both parties have distanced themselves from Trump's attacks on Germany, Britain and other key allies. On day two he stated that the United States' commitment to the alliance remains " very strong ".

    North Atlantic Treaty Organisation holds emergency session amid Trump demands

    But not before Merkel and other top officials in the German government had publicly fired back at Trump's breakfast diatribe. Rather than projecting unity ahead of the Trump-Putin meeting, the gathering generated nonstop images of division.


Popular

Partial solar eclipse visible in Australia, New Zealand
Observers are reminded to protect their eyes during a solar eclipse and should never look directly at the sun with naked eyes. When the two line up just right, the Moon obscures the entire Sun, and the skies go dark.

Barcelona sign Clement Lenglet on five-year deal from Sevilla
La Blaugrana paid Lenglet's full €35m release clause after failing to negotiate a lower fee for the France worldwide . Barca now have four centre-backs in their ranks with Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen.

Plan set to lift sarcophagus uncovered in Alexandria revealed
This recent finding has left experts baffled because it measures nine foot long and that they do not know who or what lies inside. The grave was discovered when a team from the ministry was checking out the site for construction purposes.

Childish Gambino and 'Atlanta' Nominated for Four 2018 Emmys
Other nominees in the category include Jason Bateman (" Ozark "), Ed Harris (" Westworld ") and Matthew Rhys (" The Americans "). In the comedy categories, hip-hop themed FX show " Atlanta " is up against Amazon's ( AMZN.O ) " The Marvelous Mrs.

"Where are your manners, Mr President?" asks United Kingdom minister after May criticism
Anti-Trump protesters lined the roadway leading to the palace near Oxford - but it's unlikely the Trumps even saw them. Some signs read "Dump Trump", "Lock Him Up" and "There Will Be Hell Toupee".

‘Do not eat this cereal’: CDC links Honey Smacks, salmonella
If you see Honey Smacks being sold at a store, you are asked to call the FDA consumer complaint coordinator in your area . This brings the total number of illnesses to 100 people since March, although the outbreak was not announced until June.

Reds set to sign Xherdan Shaqiri by this weekend
The Reds have made a move for the Swiss star, who is free to leave relegated Stoke if his £13m release clause is activated. In recent hours Lazio have started to look at Shaqiri as an option to replace Felipe Anderson, who is joining West Ham.

Hurricane Chris to bring heavy rain, strong winds to Newfoundland
The storm continued to spin off the Carolina coastline before becoming a hurricane July 10, when it began to track northeastward. Radio Amateurs of Canada ( RAC ) has reiterated a call to Canadian radio amateurs to keep a close watch on Hurricane Chris .

'Crazy Rich Asians' Director Plotting His Own Thailand Cave Rescue Movie
Heavy rains had flooded the Tham Luang cave blocking the football team in after they first entered on June 23. In the cavern, one-by-one, the boys were fitted with 5mm-thick wetsuits and full-face scuba masks.

After Android, iOS devices to get Gboard's Morse code option
You can anytime switch to the traditional QWERTY keyboard if you don't want to use the alternative communication way. You can also hear sound feed as you enter Morse code on your screen by turning on the Sound on keypress option.