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Day 1 - Reykjavik

At the end of the day, reflections of a whale watching ship in Reykjavik port. Whales are a controversial topic in Iceland ! Actually whaling is a very old tradition in Iceland. It began in 12th century. Because of the technics (harpoons) and the low quantities, whales population was not threatened at that time. But because of new technics in 19th century, whales were overhunted and became a species in danger. At the end of World War II International Whaling Commission (IWC) was founded to define rules for whaling and to protect whales. Iceland is a member of IWC and it stopped whaling from mid 80s to mid 2000s. But from late 2006, Iceland decided to restart whaling. Today Iceland is one of the few whaling countries (with Norway and Japan in particular). Most of Icelandic people (67%) are OK with whaling because they think it is part of Iceland identity. But the paradox is that very few (14%) eat whale meat ! Tourism companies are the main opponent to whaling in Iceland, because whaling has a bad impact on whale watching activities in Iceland. Anyway both whaling ships and whale watching ships stand side to side in Reykjavik port !

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Additional Photos by Olivier THIERRY (chawax) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1362 W: 21 N: 3240] (20760)
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