An Icelandic company was accused of harpooning and killing an endangered blue whale by an anti-whaling activist group.
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But others have suggested that the animal could be a cross between a blue whale and a smaller fin whale.
Sea Shepherd said, "For the last fifty years, there has not been a blue whale to be hired by anyone until harpooned by Hvalur 8.
Loftssson's whaling crew posed for photos beside and even on top of the whale. They knew that this was a rare blue whale.
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"Then Loftsson ordered his crew to slaughter the whale just like another fin whale – meat, skin, bacon and bones now mixed with the previously caught fin whales, making it difficult or impossible for possible inspections by the authorities." # 39;
Dr. Phillip Clapham of the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center said, "Although I can not completely rule out the possibility of being a hybrid, I do not see any features that would suggest this.
"From the photos, it has all the characteristics of a blue whale, and given this fact – especially the color pattern – there is almost no possibility that an experienced observer would have mistaken it as something else at sea.