Whaling fleets focussed their efforts on fin whales as numbers of blue whales declined to such low levels that the hunting of blue whales was officially outlawed by the International Whaling Commission in 1964. Fin whales became the preferred catch after blue whales also due to their large size and yield of whale oil, the fin whale being the second largest species of whale in the world. Between 1937 and 1963, fin whales were by far the most hunted of all species of whale hunted since 1925, with over 27,000 fin whales killed in the 1960-61 whaling season. As with blue whales, the populations of fin whales suffered drastically from the relentless hunting and catches rapidly declined from 1962 until the closure of the Grytviken processing site in 1964 when the viability of the site became... [continues]
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