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Tour Operator: Whale Hunting Threatens Whale Watching

The hunting of minke whales is having a negative impact on whale watching tours due to a decrease in the number of whales in the area, according to Ásbjörn Björgvinsson, operational manager at Sérferðir tour company.

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The whale watching and whale hunting boats operate both operate in Faxaflói bay, something which Ásbjörn says must change, visir.is reports.

“I’m hoping that there will be a change and that they will find another area in which to hunt whales. It’s really important for us that the whales can be curious and come into the bay and come close to the boats; that they are not shot right off the peninsula.”

According to Ásbjörn, the number of whale sightings has decreased from six or seven five years ago to one or two per trip.

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