Anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd has claimed a whaling company in Iceland killed an endangered blue whale.
"Sea Shepherd volunteers monitoring the Hvalur hf whaling station in Hvalfjordur Iceland have documented the slaughter of an endangered Blue whale on the night of July 7th," the group said in a statement.
Whaling company Hvalur hf, which reportedly killed the whale, is allowed to hunt fin whales legally in Iceland.
Although an international moratorium has placed catch limits at zero for blue whales, Iceland, Norway and the Russian Federation all objected to that provision.
During this year's season, Sea Shepherd said Hvalur hf had killed 22 whales.