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Whale Watchers Critical of Whale Hunters

“I thought it was a joke,” commented Rannveig Grétarsdóttir, the managing director of whale watching company Elding in Reykjavík, when asked of her reactions to whale hunters expanding into the whale watching industry.

Whale watching in Iceland. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Grétarsdóttir is a board member of the Whale Watching Association of Iceland, which issued criticism one year ago of whaling taking place close to whale watching areas, Fréttabladid reports.

She said there is already significant competition on the whale watching market; five companies are offering whale watching from Reykjavík.

The minke whale hunting company Hrefnuveidimenn is planning to offer whale watching with whale hunters, where people can learn about whale hunting and have a taste of minke whale without actually killing the animals during tours.

Grétarsdóttir stated that foreign tourists are generally not interested in whaling, let alone learning about how it is conducted.

“I do get a few requests every year about whale hunt watching but they are all from Icelanders,” she said. “However, it is good if they [Hrefnuveidimenn] want to try something new. I welcome all innovation.”

Click here to read more about the planned whale hunt watching tours.

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