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0_- on January 2, 2008

Norway

Yavor Lyapov on February 5, 2008

THANK YOU...

Atlas11 on February 11, 2008

Norway keeps whaling quota, draws ire Fri Feb 8, 2008 1:59pm EST By Wojciech Moskwa

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway has set a commercial whaling quota of 1,052 minke whales in 2008, unchanged from last year, drawing criticism from environmental groups pressuring Oslo to join the international community and call off its hunts.

Norway is the only country to hunt the giant mammal commercially despite a two-decade-old moratorium by the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Iceland stopped in 2007, citing a lack of markets for whale meat.

Last year Norway harpooned 597 minke whales, or 57 percent of its quota, and its kills have remained below quota ceilings since 2001, official figures show.

"We set quotas not according to what is likely to be caught but what is sustainable," Halvard Johansen, director at Norway's Fisheries and Coastal Affairs Ministry, told Reuters on Friday.

The ministry said in a statement that it sets quotas "conservatively," ensuring "complete safety in regard to conserving minke whale stock."

Japan also catches hundreds of minkes each year but says it is for scientific purposes. A European Union official on Friday however said photographs released by Australia of whales being killed illustrated the reality of Japanese hunting.

The photos showed an adult minke whale and her calf being towed up the rear ramp of a Japanese factory processing ship in Antarctic waters. Norway opens whale-hunting seasonWhaling vessels have left Norway for the Barents Sea to open this year's whale-hunting season, defying an international moratorium and protests. The Norwegian government has set a quota of 670 minke whales for the season, which runs until 31 August.

The Scandinavian nation is the only country in the world that authorises whaling for commercial purposes.

Iceland and Japan are the only other nations to fish whales, though they claim to do so for scientific reasons.

Grenade-tipped harpoons

Controversy has also focused on the manner in which the whales are killed.

Environmentalists say the grenade-tipped harpoons that explode inside the beast are unnecessarily cruel.

Whalers argue it is one of the quickest methods for killing a whale.

The first whaling vessels left Norway to hunt in the North Sea last week. But the main catches are made in the area of the North Atlantic known as the Barents Sea. BBC News

Georgi Kesmev on March 17, 2008

Unbelievable natural spectacle! Greetings from Bulgaria.

Witxe on April 20, 2008

one of my favourites I envy you great foto

Thai pix Wildlife ph… on May 2, 2008

WOW!! the perfect shot! beautiful colors, greetings from Thailand Michel.(star)

Vangelis Doutsios on May 23, 2008

I love your photos. Every each of them travelled me to amazing and colorful places. It is a real beautiful photograph , which makes me feel the need to see that place to feel its energy . – Penelope

PayamSpot on May 31, 2008

Oh ... REALLY BEAUTIFUL

PAYAM

Annie Japaud on June 22, 2008

stunning capture!!

Karla Liga on June 25, 2008

HOLA, SOY MEXICANA Y ME GUSTARIA FELICITAR AL FOTOGRAFO QUE CAPTO ESA AURORA BOREAL EN SU MEJOR ESPLENDOR. OBVIAMENTE EN MI PAIS JAMAS VEREMOS ALGO ASI, PERO ME IMAGINO QUE HA DE SER UNA BENDICION DE DIOS ESTAR FRENTE A UN ESPECTACULO DE ESA MAGNITUD.

airliner on July 10, 2008

amazing foto!!! really awesome well done kjetil

duktigt!, bra!

greetings from greece

Luis Antonio Martíne… on July 13, 2008

Excelente fotografía, me parece excepcional la manera en que se mezclan los colores de la tierra con el cielo y la aurora!!! Congratulations Kjetil...

Mauricia Sala on July 15, 2008

This foto is fantastic!! Chreers**Mauricia*+

LAX. popovici dan cr… on July 16, 2008

fantastic photo! love it! excellent shot! BRAVO! greetings from Romania LAX.

© SashM on August 11, 2008

This is amazing photo, nice colours, well done!!! My YS

regards © SashM

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Terrablau on August 30, 2008

Amazing.

Luca Salieri on August 30, 2008

magic instant, and good composition, cheers Rome, Luka

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Jan de Boer on August 30, 2008

Incredible light. Congrats! Cheers, Jan

scheffke on October 23, 2008

Fantastic Photo !!

Scheffke

>| Micha |< on October 23, 2008

Very special and beautiful.

cheers Micha

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