How many whales are killed each day?

On average about 20 whales are killed every day, depending on the season.

Eleven countries hunt whales. Most (not Japan or Norway) only allow hunting by native populations. Here are the average numbers of whales killed each year:

  • Canada: 1 bowhead whale every two years from Hudson Bay. 1 bowhead whale every 13 years from Baffin Bay.
  • Faroe Islands: 950 pilot whales (actually a species of dolphin) a year.
  • Greenland: 175 whales a year.
  • Iceland: 30 minke whales and 9 fin whales a year.
  • Indonesia: Two small islands in Indonesia hunt whales with traditional harpoons thrown from small open boats. Between 10 and 20 whales a year.
  • Japan: The quota for 2009-2010 was 935 minke, 50 fin and 50 humpback whales, but the Japanese fishing fleet returned home with less than half their catch after opposition and disruption from anti-whaling ships. About 20,000 dolphins and small whales are killed each year by coastal fishers. in 2009 about 150 large whales were accidentally caught in fishing nets used for coastal fish.
  • Norway: The quota for 2011 was 1286 minke whales.
  • Russia: The native people in the Chukotka region kill 140 grey whales a year.
  • St Vincent the The Grenadines: 4 humpback whales a year using traditional boats and harpoons.
  • United States: Indigenous communities in Alaska kill 50 bowhead whales a year.

That's about 7400 whales a year, (not counting the coastal dolphins of Japan) or about 20 a day.