“Blue\fin whale hybrids are relatively rare, Icelandic authorities confirm that five hybrids have been identified by researchers since 1986 around Iceland. Four of these were killed by Icelandic whalers.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2018/07/icelandic-whalers-breach-international-law-and-kill-iconic-protected-whale-by-mistake
Just to be sure.
“Japanese whale hunters have finished their latest so-called ‘scientific’ expedition off the coast of Abashiri, Hokkaido, killing 47 minke whales.
The Japanese Fisheries Agency will now analyse the age and stomach contents of the whales.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/07/forty-seven-minke-whales-killed-to-see-how-old-they-were
Japanese research is greatly advancing knowledge of what diet doesn’t tell us about life expectancy.
“A Norwegian whaler featured in the documentary declares openly that female minke whales are usually pregnant when they come to Norwegian waters.
The news piece suggests that most of the time each female adult whale killed represents two whales caught as the vast majority have a fetus in their stomach.” http://uk.whales.org/news/2017/03/new-documentary-reveals-that-majority-of-minke-whales-caught-by-norway-are-pregnant
Whalers’ knowledge of anatomy is as polished as their morality.
“Whale beer will include, among other things, whale meal.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2014/01/icelandic-brewery-uses-dead-whales-in-its-beer)
Look out for a Real Whale Festival near you.
“Iceland is to increase its whaling quota … [even though] Icelanders eat little whale meat, and most of the catch is sent to the Japanese market where it is stockpiled in freezers due to lack of demand.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2013/12/iceland-could-kill-even-more-whales-in-2014)
However when the species are extinct the demand may pick up.