Horror greets Iceland's killing of suspected blue whale

Anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd has claimed a whaling company in Iceland killed an endangered blue whale. "I know a Blue whale when I see one, and this whale slaughtered by Kristján Loftsson is a Blue whale". According to several scientific experts specializing in whale identification contacted by Sea Shepherd, the whale was without question a Blue whale. "If this were a blue whale it would be against the regulations of the global whaling commision but if it's a hybrid there are no rules that have been broken".

No other nation, not even Japan or Norway, slaughters Fin whales, and there had not been a Blue whale harpooned for the last 50 years until this one.

"Killing a blue whale is unforgivable. 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 testetd", he says speaking to mbl.is. "This should be a final wake-up call to Iceland that commercial whaling does not belong in the 21st century", she added.

"This whale, when you see it swimming in the ocean, it was like a fin whale", he explained.

Phillip Clapham, head of cetacean assessment at the Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, studied photographs of the whale caught by Hvalur and said it was likely to be a blue whale, not a hybrid.

"From the photos, it has all the characteristics of a blue whale; given that - notably the coloration pattern - there is nearly no possibility that an experienced observer would have misidentified it as anything else at sea".

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Sea Shepherd UK chief operating officer Robert Read demanded DNA samples be taken from the Hvalur 8's equipment, meat stocks, and storage to prove it illegally killed a blue whale. "Hybrids are not a protected species".

Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, who has spent over a half a century defending whales, appealed to Icelandic authorities to stop Loftsson "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". Blue whales, the world's largest species, have been protected since 1966.

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.

Sea Shepherd has had crew on the ground since the slaughter of whales began on June 20.

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