Killer whale appears in Oslo’s harbour

Norway is known, and often criticized internationally, for its annual whale hunt. This week a killer whale seemed to be seeking refuge, with an unusual appearance in Oslo’s inner harbour. The Oslo fjord is far from the hunting grounds for the sperm whales that Norwegian whaling boats go after in waters off the northern coast. […]

Whale quota raised as hunt declines

Norway’s fisheries minister, Per Sandberg, has raised the quota for the country’s controversial whale hunt to a level that’s three times the size of last year’s total catch. He claims he’s simply trying to keep the hunt alive. “Norway has a viable whaling business, despite zero subsidy and that Japan is the only market outside […]

Hackers hit Norway over whale hunts

Norway has emerged as a top target of hackers and social activists known as “hacktivists.” The reason: Norwegian whaling, which now is making a wide range of both public- and private -ector Norwegian websites vulnerable to hacker attacks that already have all but shut them down. Security experts in Norway aren’t only worried about the […]

Whaling ‘stains’ Norway’s reputation

Norway launched its annual and still-controversial whaling season over the weekend, setting off a new wave of protests. A coalition of international whale protection organizations sent out the message that they “strongly condemn” the whale hunt, calling it “cruel.” “Norway is a modern nation but its whaling practices are cruel, irresponsible, unnecessary and frozen in […]

Norway’s whaling under new attack

Three international environmental and animal rights organizations have issued a new report claiming how Norway not only continues to promote its controversial whaling but also is making “systematic efforts” to weaken international whale management rules, to improve market conditions for its whalers. In doing so, claim the critics, one of the world’s “most modern and […]

Whaling comes under fire again

The Washington-based Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) has called on the Norwegian government to stop supporting research into alternative uses for whale meat and blubber, and to finally accept international bans on commercial whaling and trade. The call comes after the AWI cited concerns over contaminated whale products. “Norway is entirely too focused on making whaling profitable,” […]

Rescue operation tows whale out to sea

A large whale that surprisingly swam into the Oslo Fjord was found stranded in shallow water early Tuesday at Hvalsund on the islands of Hvaler outside Fredrikstad. “Hval” means whale in Norwegian, but the huge mammal was clearly out of its element. Local fisherman Jan Arill Nilsen first spotted the whale when he was out […]

Whales make a splash in Tromsø

Hungry whales have been making a splash in a fjord just outside the northern city of Tromsø, after they apparently followed a large stream of herring into the chilly waters. The whales have been putting on quite a show that was causing major traffic congestion as folks flocked to watch them. For a country that […]

Whalers report best season in years

Norway’s controversial whale hunters have reported what they claim to be the best season in many years, with 686 whales harpooned so far. That’s nearly half the quota of 1,286 whales set by Norwegian officials. “We have never hunted as well as we have this year,” Remi Unstad, skipper and shooter on board the boat […]

Whaling season makes waves

The number of boats taking part in Norway’s annual whale hunt is low again this summer, continuing the decline in participation and demand for whale meat that has been seen over the last few years. A proposal by the Fisheries Minister to export whale to Japan drew mixed reactions from the Norwegian industry, while a […]