Whale campaigners have reacted in horror at photos appearing to show that Iceland has killed a rare blue whale, the largest animal on earth.
If it is a blue whale, it will be the first time a member of that species has been harpooned in half a century.
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Photos by Germany-based marine conservation group Hard to Port and Sea Shepherd show the huge whale that was killed by whalers on the night of July 7.
Whale scientists, including senior marine scientist of Humane Society International (HSI), Mark Simmonds, believe the whale was a juvenile blue whale or possibly a rare fin whale-blue whale hybrid.