“We believe that we have to wait for the final results,” Feuerhahn said. “I’ve been working with Whale and Dolphin Conservation in UK, and they’ve made the request to the Icelandic authorities to analyze the samples, so we can prove what kind of species or hybrid it is.”
Photos of the whale have since gone viral, and Loftsson spoke up, arguing that the whale in question was not a blue whale at all.
"We have never caught a blue whale in our waters since they were protected," Loftsson told CNN. "We see them in the ocean. When you approach a blue whale, it's so distinct that you leave it alone."
Loftsson added that the whale was either a fin whale or a hybrid, which aren’t protected under Icelandic law, and if the animal was a blue whale, the hunters killed it by accident.