A Dirty Business...


Blood, oil and scraps of whale discharged into Hvalfjordur
Our crew on 'Operation Northern Exposure' in Iceland have been documenting every whale killed by Kristjan Loftsson's whaling company 'Hvalur hf' during the entire whaling season as we did in 2018 on Operation Mjolnir where we documented 145 of the 146 whales killed.

So far this year we have not missed a single whale.
Our crew film, photograph and record the number of harpoons in every whale, their sex, if they are pregnant and any unusual characteristics so that the world can see every fin whale cruelly harpooned and dragged back to the whaling station in Hvalfjörður by the two ships 'Hvalur 8' and 'Hvalur 9'.

However, we also document other things we see such as health and safety violations, potential contamination issues - and pollution.

The Miðsandur whaling station regularly discharges whale blood, oils and other effluent, including small scraps of whale meat, blubber and sinew into the otherwise beautiful fjord. The whaling station and butchering process has for a long time had an issue with seabirds and potential contamination by them of the whale meat - as well as the current higher than usual risk of workers being exposed to avian flu which currently infects many Icelandic birds.
Ironically, by discharging small scraps of whale and blubber into the fjord with all the blood and other fluids running off, and being washed off the whaling station surfaces - the whaling station are encouraging more seabirds to come to the whaling station.

The following images were taken by Sea Shepherd UK drones above and around the Hvalur hf whaling station this year - and these have been sent also to the Icelandic Government's Department of Environmental Quality.

Images taken using drones by Sea Shepherd UK crew on Operation Northern Exposure 2022

No images have been digitally altered and are original format

For scale: the two old beached whaling ships are 46m in length
25th August 2022
26th August 2022
28th August 2022
29th August 2022
3rd September 2022
4th September 2022
6th September 2022
23rd September 2022
* The above images and video have been sent to the Icelandic Government's 
'Department of Environmental Quality' (both the 'Ocean & Water', and 'Inspection' teams)

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