Whales

  • Antarctic Krill - Not Just Whale Food

    4 November 2017

    Krill is whale food. In fact, it’s a commonly held misbelief that ‘krill’ in Norwegian literally means ‘whale food’. It doesn’t, but it’s still true. Massive swarms of krill, a tiny micro-shrimp in the Antarctic Ocean, provide the principal food for blue whales – the largest animal that ever lived.

  • Whale Fail – no new sanctuary in the South Atlantic (again).

    25 October 2016

    Bad news from the 2016 International Whaling Commission meeting –as the first significant vote was another disappointment for whales and supporters of conservation. Despite getting a majority of votes in favour, the proposal to create a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary did not pass, because it was short of the three-quarters majority needed.

  • Protect the ban on whaling

    13 October 2016

    The South Atlantic Ocean hosts over 50 species of whales and dolphins. A whale sanctuary, in combination with the ban on commercial whaling, would give these amazing animals protection and freedom to flourish.

  • Human Repercussion

    9 April 2015

    Whales historically dominated the world's oceans, but they have suffered tremendously in the last hundred years. It is estimated, that, due to harvesting in the last century, nearly 3 million cetaceans have been wiped out by whaling fleets.

  • Japan to defy UN court and continue whaling

    22 April 2014

    There has been disappointing and worrying news today. The Government of Japan has announced that it intends to return to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales in 2015.

  • Whale meat shipment successfully blocked

    17 July 2013

    This morning, Greenpeace Germany activists boarded a ship docked in Hamburg, and prevented it from leaving with a cargo of meat from endangered fin whales.

  • Opposition rising to fading whaling industry

    8 July 2012

    Whale conservation has lost out to the fading, but still defiant pro-whaling forces, at this year’s International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting. The meeting in Panama City had initially offered the world hope that the IWC would actually help to save whales, not whalers, after the Latin American nations proposed the creation of a whale sanctuary in the southern Atlantic.

  • Whaling, Activism, and Human Rights

    2 September 2010

    This will be the first blog Toru and I have written together, as up until recently our heavy bail restrictions have meant that we could not be in the same room or even talk to each other without a lawyer present.