"Iceland is the only country killing fin whales, and is the key country pushing international trade in whale products," Perry said. According to Kate O'Connell, marine wildlife consultant at AWI, 96 fin whales have been killed by Icelandic fisheries this year.
Fin whales are an endangered species, according to the IUCN.
The boat crew likely killed the whales via exploding harpoons, Perry speculated. "It's a huge animal and can clearly take a long time [to die]."