Adult males around Iceland are 4-6 m long and
weigh 1,2 – 1,6 tons and the females are 3˝ - 5 m long and
weigh 0,8 – 1,3 tons. Their
life expectancy is about 50 years.
The head is small and convex and the mouth is small. The
fluke resembles a fan, the flippers are short and spade like,
and there is no dorsal fin.
The colour changes with age.
The calves are brown, dark grey or
even bluish, but grow darker towards puberty, and then turn
lighter. Old and
mature animals sometimes turn totally white.
The Inuits have exploited the narwhal stocks for a very long time for food and carved pieces of art out of the tusks or sold them whole. Probably about 4000 animals are killed yearly, and only 25% of them are caught, the others sink to the bottom of the sea. Other natural enemies of the narwhal are the polar bears, killer whales, and probably walruses. The total world population is estimated to be 25,000 – 50,000.
backs Iceland's whaling decision Seattle Post
Greens dismayed at Iceland whaling decision Scoop.co.nz (press release), New Zealand -
being greeted with dismay by Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei. ...
to Resume Commercial Whaling
Los Angeles Times, CA -
warrior to come to Iceland IcelandReview, Iceland -
and has the power to block all imports from Iceland to USA. ...
Scoop Just Politics News Summary
Finnair strike expected to continue next week
International Herald Tribune, France -
Tharp She Gets Shot! The Return of Whaling in Iceland
Plenty Magazine, NY -
is affecting tourism IcelandReview, Iceland -
FiNS Magazine, Singapore -
to resume commercial whaling after almost 2
USA Today 17-10-06
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) is the leading
international charity dedicated solely to the worldwide conservation and
welfare of all ... www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/
Iceland's ambassador to Britain is summoned to explain his country's return to commercial whaling. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/6064028.stm
Iceland reveals its plans to catch whales again for the first time since 1989, despite the international whaling moratorium. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2910655.stm
The most commonly used argument in Iceland is that whaling must be resumed before the whales start ... Yearly report on Iceland whale watching industry: ... www.global500.org/news_83.html
My opinion: Iceland's reasons for scientific whaling are FUBAR and if we can ... I wonder how many of you criticising Iceland's whaling have actually read ... weblog.greenpeace.org/iceland/archives/001530.html
Stop Icelandic Whaling: Arctic Sunrise Expedition 2005, Stop Icelandic Whaling: Arctic ... tourism in Iceland IF Iceland discontinues whaling. One Icelandic ...
says it is very disappointed Iceland has decided to resume
commercial whaling Iceland has authorised an annual hunt of 30
minke and nine of the ...
whaling proposal threatens its growing whale-watching industry.
In 2002, more than 62000 people went whale-watching in Iceland.
pro-whaling nation Japan on Wednesday welcomed Iceland's
decision to resume commercial whaling, saying Iceland's
catch won't "endanger the whale ...
I am appalled to learn that Iceland has decided to resume commercial whaling under the guise of scientific research, and plans to kill 38 minke whales this ... www.whales.org.au/alert/iceletter.html
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