Whalers harpoon and kill endangered blue whale - the first in 50 years
'Loftsson's whaling station crew posed for photos next to and even on top of the whale in a sign they knew very well this was a rare Blue whale.
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'Then Loftsson ordered his crew to butcher the whale just like it was another Fin whale – the meat, skin, blubber and bone all now mixed in with the Fin whales previously caught, which will make it difficult or impossible to locate during potential inspections by the authorities.'
First blue whale killed by commercial whalers in over 50 years: https://t.co/M0VwNqY70Q
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Dr Phillip Clapham, NOAA 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.
'From the photos, it has all the characteristics of a blue whale; given that – notably the coloration pattern – there is almost no possibility that an experienced observer would have misidentified it as anything else at sea.'