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Humpback whale

Whale Sanctuary Enlarged

Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir has signed a regulation enlarging the whale sanctuary in Faxaflói bay.

Fin whale.

“Whales Give More Than They Take”

The importance of whales to ecosystems at sea and on land is a growing area of research. There is an expanding body of evidence to suggest that high numbers of whales support other lifeforms throughout the ecosystem—including those the whales prey upon—and commercial fish stocks.

Blue whale

Feud Over Blue Whale Skeleton

The skeleton of a blue whale, which was found beached at Skagi in Northwest Iceland in 2010, will be put on display at the Húsavík Whale Museum. Representatives of the Icelandic Museum of Natural History (NMSÍ) have expressed their disapproval with the decision.

Humpback whale

Fin and Hump Up, Minke Down

The number of fin whales and humpback whales in the North Atlantic has increased, while the number of minke whales in inshore areas has gone down.