Blue whale SLAUGHTERED by Icelandic hunters - ‘UNACCEPTABLE TRAGEDY’

Speaking from his home in Iceland, Kristjan Loftsson also said Australia should resume hunting whales in order to prevent strandings and danger to shipping traffic.

Phillip Clapham, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Alaska Fisheries Science Centre, said: "While I can't entirely rule out the possibility that this is a hybrid, I don't see any characteristics that would suggest that".

Heart-breaking photos have emerged appearing to show that hunters in Iceland killing a rare blue whale, which are protected after they almost became extinct due to commercial whaling.

"There is nearly no possibility that an experienced observer would have misidentified it as anything else at sea".

"Photographs point to the fact that it's a hybrid whale and we're nearly certain that it is one, but we can't be sure until autumn when we get it DNA tested", he said, according to ABC News.

Whalers are accused of illegally killing the first blue whale in over 50 years.

If it is a blue whale, it will be the first time a member of that species has been harpooned in half a century. Humane Society International's Senior Marine Scientist, Mark Simmonds OBE, believes the whale to be a juvenile blue whale or, conceivably, a rare fin whale-blue whale hybrid.

An image taken by a conservation group shows an Icelandic company processing a killed whale.

Chelsea finally end Conte saga
Fans took to Twitter with a mixed reaction to the dismissal and manner of dismissal of their once beloved coach. Two trophies in two seasons but the writing was on the wall.

U.S. salmonella outbreak: 'Do not eat Honey Smacks,' shoppers told
The Food and Drug Administration says retails still can not legally sell Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal following a recall. Pennsylvania (8), MA (7), and California (6) have the most cases, but illnesses are widespread and affecting all ages.

France, Italy reject Trump's claim on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation spending boost World 08:51
Amid reports that he had threatened to pull out of the alliance due to the dispute, Mr Trump said the USA had a strong commitment. The new communique says 24 allies will meet the 20% guideline by 2024. "So he knows what he's signed up to", Macron said.

"There are a lot of blue whales off the Iceland coast, when we see the blows and sail to it, and we realise it is a blue and then we leave it and go and look for fin whales".

Sea Shepherd, an worldwide anti-whaling organization, condemned the Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf on July 11, claiming they illegally slaughtered an endangered blue whale.

Photographs and video taken by the Sea Shepherd UK team near the whaling station allowed them to examine the species identifying indicators of skin color/pattern, baleen color, dorsal fin shape and tail stock.

While blue whales are protected, there is no designated status for hybrid blue-fin whales because they are typically extremely rarely encountered.

A blue whale - the largest animal to have ever lived - has not been deliberately caught since 1978, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

"This man must be stopped from ruthlessly violating worldwide conservation law and bringing such disrepute to the nation of Iceland".

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

Loftsson's whaling station crew posed for photos next to and on top of the whale.

Related News:

  • Area MPP leading Tory rollback of Ontario sex-ed curriculum

    Area MPP leading Tory rollback of Ontario sex-ed curriculum

    The new sex-ed curriculum sparked controversy, particularly among social conservatives, when the Liberal government introduced it. Smith said the Tories will work to prevent a future government from imposing a carbon price in Ontario.
    Federation Internationale de Football Association  investigate possible discriminatory chants by England fans

    Federation Internationale de Football Association investigate possible discriminatory chants by England fans

    Three games at the U-17 FIFA World Cup in 2013 preceded a call-up the following year for the World Cup in Brazil. In 2017 he took charge of the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final fixture between Germany and Mexico.
    Fiat staff to strike over Cristiano Ronaldo’s £88 million Juventus move

    Fiat staff to strike over Cristiano Ronaldo’s £88 million Juventus move

    The union urged Fiat owners to invest in its workforce to bolster the finances of "thousands of people instead of only one". As captain of the Portuguese team in the 2018 World Cup, he scored four goals, including a hat-trick against Spain.
  • Xherdan Shaqiri arrives at Liverpool for medical ahead of Stoke move

    Reports have varied about the fee involved but the ECHO understands that the figure is £13million. Liverpool face fresh competition to close the signing of Stoke City attacker Xherdan Shaqiri .
    Donald Trump: May presses case for USA  trade deal at dinner

    Donald Trump: May presses case for USA trade deal at dinner

    President Donald Trump has arrived in the U.K.to begin his first visit to the country as America's commander-in-chief. Trump also expressed disappointment with May's handling of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.
    Most successful paid Apple App Store apps ever

    Most successful paid Apple App Store apps ever

    The initial marketplace, which comprised just 500 apps, has grown to more than 2 million, according to The Verge . Nearly everything you can imagine you'd like to do with your phone, there's an app that'll let you do that task.
  • Israel to launch rocket to the moon in December

    Israel to launch rocket to the moon in December

    The competition officially ended with no victor on March 31, with Google announcing that it would no longer sponsor it. This process will be executed autonomously by the spacecraft's navigation control system, project team members said.
    Israel To Land First Spacecraft On Moon In 2019

    Israel To Land First Spacecraft On Moon In 2019

    Its main objective is transfer of photos and videos of the area on the Ground, and the measurement of the magnetic field. The competition, however, ended with no victor on March 31, when Google announced that it would no longer sponsor it.
    Microsoft takes the fight to Slack with a free version of Teams

    Microsoft takes the fight to Slack with a free version of Teams

    Upgrading to the paid version also gives you more storage, enterprise security and compliance, and an unlimited number of users. Teams free offers unlimited app integrations with 140-plus business apps to choose from, including Adobe, Evernote and Trello.
  • London protests against Donald Trump kick off with 'Trump baby' blimp

    London protests against Donald Trump kick off with 'Trump baby' blimp

    The Queen will meet Mr Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the dais in the quadrangle of the historic royal residence on Friday. Britain's former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives for a Cabinet meeting in London, May 1, 2018.
    Isaiah Thomas Agrees To One-Year Minimum Deal With Nuggets

    Isaiah Thomas Agrees To One-Year Minimum Deal With Nuggets

    Free agent Isaiah Thomas signed with the Denver Nuggets late Wednesday night, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Entering his eighth National Basketball Association season, Isaiah Thomas apparently will be joining a sixth team.
    Trump tweets 'very nice note' from Kim

    Trump tweets 'very nice note' from Kim

    State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said North Korea called at midday Thursday and offered to meet on Sunday instead. About 100 wooden transport cases were sent to the DMZ in recent weeks to prepare for receiving US troop remains.


Most liked

Surya Grahan 2018: All you need to know about Solar Eclipse 2018
The first solar eclipse of the year was observed on February 15, largely visible in South American nations. It is expected to occur on July 27-28 at 7.30 pm UTC (12 am IST) and end at 9.13 pm UTC (1.43 am IST).

Tesla hits 200,000 cars, meaning a lower tax credit for EV buyers
Vehicles delivered between January 1 and June 30 of 2019 will qualify for $3,750 in credit. It's a hurdle that's heavily dependent on the specific configuration you want to order.

Watch the 2018 Emmy Awards nominations live
It was a deep year of nominations for minority performers, who accounted for over one-third of Thursday's acting nominees. The company spends about $8 billion a year on new shows and films, far exceeding HBO and other competitors.

Donald Trump ready to help some NATO states buy US arms
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg cited a "new sense of urgency, and all allies agreed to redouble their efforts". Trump's repeated comments certainly go beyond the concerns raised by others.

Common heart drug recalled due to contamination with possible carcinogen
Pharmacies are therefore instructed to remove the affected medications from their stock and quarantine them. The products are sold globally, which has led to a worldwide recall on a country-by-country basis.

Don't be surprised if you lose followers — Twitter purge
Twitter shares fell 5 percent on Monday on concern that removing millions of fake accounts would impede user growth. Controversial blogger, Cyprian Nyakundi , has lost quite a lot of followers, from over 1 million to now below 700K.

Entire Croatian cabinet celebrates World Cup semi win by wearing team jerseys
I can finish my England career knowing that I have played every possible game I can play in the times I have been selected". Take Me Out host Paddy McGuiness said: "Deeply upset but what a World Cup campaign @ England have given us.

Plurality of Britons Support Trump Visit to UK
Two senior ministers resigned in protest this week at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves the bloc next March.

Dan Martin powers to Tour stage victory
He was then handed a 20-second penalty by the race jury for staying too long in his team car's slipstream. Van Avermaet, a BMC support rider for Porte, kept the yellow jersey for a third straight day.

Here’s the heartwarming story of why the Gboard Morse Code option exists
Once Gboard is enabled as the default keyboard on your iOS device, you need to switch to the Morse Code input method. Google just released a new set of tools for Morse Code, including a game that can help you learn the method.

Man with no arms arrested for stabbing Chicago tourist
According to the Miami Herald , the homeless man is a fixture in the South Beach area, known for painting with his feet. Crenshaw has an extensive criminal past, including battery of law enforcement officers, according to local police.

Trump says North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members have agreed to spending increases
The U.S.is paying for Europe's protection, then loses billions on Trade . "And I think we need to talk to Germany about that". When asked about that, Trump said he believed he could do that without Congressional approval but it was "not necessary".

Chemical explosion outside Cairo airport injures 12
A number of local tweets poured in with users claiming to have heard a loud explosion followed by the sounds of ambulances. The bomb eventually exploded, killing everyone on board.

Taiwan shuts down as it awaits Typhoon Maria
Across the Taiwan Strait, schools and factories in coastal areas of the Chinese province of Fujian are closed. In neighboring Zhejiang Province, more than 144,400 people in five cities had been evacuated as of 4 p.m.

Indian women's cricket coach quits over 'training methods'
The planning fetched result when India won both the ODI and T20I series in South Africa earlier this year. Immediately, reports of alleged discord between Arothe and some of the high-profile players surfaced.