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I was right in saying that whales had natural enemies enough, without counting man.
Well, Captain," said he, "it is still time, in the interest of the whales.
They had seen the whales and were preparing to attack them.
The free 'Whappy' app, launched today in Reykjavik by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), contains information about whale friendly restaurants, which have pledged not to serve whale meat, as well as whale watching operators, whale friendly souvenirs and an identification guide for whales and dolphins that can be seen in Icelandic waters.
Many whale populations have not recovered from overexploitation in past centuries.
Through videos and text panels, visitors will meet people whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales, from legendary whale riders to scientists and former whaling families.
Light was the driving force of the American whaling epic, for whale oil burned bright in the homes of Americans and Europeans in a time before electricity or petroleum.
For 70 years, laws have banned killing of the North Atlantic right whale, yet the population isn't increasing, unlike that of a sister species, the South Atlantic right whale.
At first glance, it is hard to identify the dead 40-ton animal: a North Atlantic right whale.
Norway is the only other country in the world with a commercial whale hunt, but that is focused exclusively on minkes, which are about an eighth the mass of fin whales.
The connection between the whale mother and its child is long lasting, just like most human's bonds to their mothers.
Or, if the ocean kingdom is in a less viewable mood, a whale watcher may see little more than, well, the rollicking waves.