Length: 20 - 25 meters
Weight: 50–80 tons
Worldwide population: 120.000–150.000 individuals
Life expectancy: About 90 years



Fin Whale drawing


The Fin Whale



The males are about 18 m long and the females about 19,5 m.  The males weigh 50 – 100 tons and the females 30 – 80 tons.  The life expectancy is about 100 years.  The upper part of the body is dark grey and the underside is white.  The same applies to the flippers and the fluke.  The lower jaw is dark grey on the left and white on the right.  Usually the front baleens are white and the others lead grey.  The dorsal fin is situated further back than the female genitals.

The fin whale inhabits all the oceans of the world.  It spends the winters in an area between 30°N and a line between Newfoundland and Scotland and migrates all the way north to the ice edge late in winter.  The many small flocks congregate and form the seven stocks of the North Atlantic.  After the small flocks have congregated, sometimes 200-300 animals are spotted together.

The fin whale mates during the period between November and January, and the gestation period is about 12 months.  Pregnancy occurs every second year.  The calf is suckled for over 10 months and usually doubles its original length of 6,5 m during the period.

The fin whale probably does not feed much during winter, but consumes great quantities of krill and some squid off the Icelandic coast and capelin and herring on the migration.  The swimming speed is close to 12 nautical miles per hour and the average diving time is 4 minutes.  The whale can stay submerged for about 20 minutes.

The first fin whales appear of the Icelandic coast in March every year, but the mainstay of the stocks appears at the end of May and the beginning of June.  The Norwegians overexploited the fin whale stocks of the Icelandic coast and after the Icelanders started their whaling, they took about 240 animals annually.  Rough estimates show, that the fin whale stocks in the North Atlantic are not endangered (8000-10.000).  The world population is estimated 120.000–150.000.










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Japan backs Iceland's whaling decision Seattle Post Intelligencer - 18 Oct 2006
TOKYO -- Major pro-whaling nation Japan on Wednesday welcomed Iceland's decision to resume commercial whaling, saying Iceland's catch won't "endanger the whale ...


Iceland whaling decision condemned


Greenpeace 'disappointed' by Iceland's whaling plans ABC Online


Moves begin on Iceland's whaling BBC News


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Greens dismayed at Iceland whaling decision (press release), New Zealand 

17 Oct 2006 News that Iceland is to begin commercial whaling after a 20-year hiatus

is being greeted with dismay by Green Party Conservation Spokesperson Metiria Turei. ...



Iceland to Resume Commercial Whaling  Los Angeles Times, CA - 17 Oct 2006
REYKJAVIK, Iceland -- Iceland said Tuesday it would resume commercial whaling after a nearly two-decade moratorium, defying a worldwide ban on hunting the ...



Green warrior to come to Iceland IcelandReview, Iceland - 20-10-06
... According to RÚV, the US government is also opposed to Iceland resuming commercial whaling and has the power to block all imports from Iceland to USA. ...



Today's Scoop Just Politics News Summary 17 Oct 2006 (press release), New Zealand - commercial whaling administered by the International Whaling Commission. See... Greens dismayed at Iceland whaling decision



Update: Finnair strike expected to continue next week International Herald Tribune, France -  hours ago
... "We have received several e-mails from people saying they have decided not to visit Iceland as long as Iceland is conducting whaling," said Thorunn ...



Tharp She Gets Shot! The Return of Whaling in Iceland    19 Oct 2006

Plenty Magazine, NY -  which Iceland’s whales have been protected from hunters came to an end on Tuesday, when the country’s lawmakers voted to resume commercial whaling in the ...



Whaling is affecting tourism IcelandReview, Iceland - 19 Oct 2006
... of Swiss travel agency Baldinger Reisen AG sent a written statement to yesterday, expressing his concerns about Iceland resuming whaling. ...



Iceland, Whales, Politics  FiNS Magazine, Singapore - 18 Oct 2006
... For a good overview on the Iceland decision and the issues associated with commercial whaling in general, see this recent article in the Guardian. ...



Iceland to resume commercial whaling after almost 2 decades USA Today 17-10-06
Critics say the "scientific" whaling practiced by Japan and Iceland is a sham. Norway ignores the moratorium altogether and openly conducts commercial whaling.



Iceland's Whaling Comeback - Preparations for the Resumption of ...

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) is the leading international charity dedicated solely to the worldwide conservation and welfare of all ... allweb/B2460680BC28D8F480256D4A0040D97B



BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Moves begin on Iceland's whaling

Iceland's ambassador to Britain is summoned to explain his country's return to commercial



BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Iceland bids to resume whaling

Iceland reveals its plans to catch whales again for the first time since 1989, despite the international whaling moratorium.



Iceland Whaling v/s Whale watching. Whaling v/s Whale watching.

The most commonly used argument in Iceland is that whaling must be resumed before the whales start ... Yearly report on Iceland whale watching industry: ... 



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 ...



Stop Icelandic whaling

Stop Icelandic Whaling: Arctic Sunrise Expedition 2005, Stop Icelandic Whaling: Arctic ... tourism in Iceland IF Iceland discontinues whaling. One Icelandic ...



Greenpeace 'disappointed' by Iceland's whaling plans. 19/10/2006

Greenpeace 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 ...



Earth Island Institute

Iceland's whaling proposal threatens its growing whale-watching industry. In 2002, more than 62000 people went whale-watching in Iceland. ...



Japan backs Iceland's whaling decision - Yahoo! News

Major pro-whaling nation Japan on Wednesday welcomed Iceland's decision to resume commercial whaling, saying Iceland's catch won't "endanger the whale ... ap_on_re_eu/japan_iceland_whaling



Whales on the Net - Iceland Whaling Protest Letter

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 ... 













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