Minke whale off the coast of Iceland.
Minke whale off the coast of Iceland.

The minke whale hunting season has begun in Faxaflói Bay, off the west coast of Iceland, in the face of protests from the IceWhale whale-watching organization. According to recent research, whale numbers are declining, and IceWhale says that whale hunting is less economically significant and sustainable than whale-watching. They claim that each minke whale killed by hunters is worth around Ikr1 million (€6700), around the same sum as that brought into by a standard whale-watching trip with 125 passengers. Whales have been hunted in Iceland since the 12th century, and the country is one of a handful to still practice commercial whaling. icelandreview.com

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