The image above is from activists on Twitter trying to stop Icelandic whale killing. According to Whales UK "Icelandic whalers have slaughtered more than 35,000 whales since the late nineteenth century."
Each year Japan circumvents whale slaughter regulations claiming it is not hunting but carrying out scientific research; the outcome is the same however, more dead whales.
These huge mammals remain under threat and sadly in the UK and parts of Europe young whales have been floundering on beaches and dying in distressing circumstances.
A huge bachelor pod of whales has ended up in waters between the UK and Europe and the results have been devastating.
This week yet another whale was washed up on a UK beach, this time at Hunstanton, and its life could not be saved.
Rescuers initially bucketed water on the whale to prevent its skin drying out. The tide came in and covered the large creature; people hoped the whale could and would survive but it did not.
It was sad to see the distressed whale helpless in the shallow waters and then back on the beach.
Euthanasia was dismissed as an option due to the whale's size. Instead the distressed whale struggled to hang on to life and finally lost the battle.
Carcasses of the dead whales have in general been removed to stop the spread of disease and intense smells from any rotting blubber.
In some cases they have been removed to stop trophy hunters; visitors flocked to one beach to catch a glimpse of the dead whale and removed some teeth.
A post mortem on the latest UK death appeared to indicate that starvation was the cause of death. The whales are of course in the wrong seas to survive but why remains unclear.
As theories continue the death of 29 whales is hard to ignore.
If countries such as Iceland and Japan opt to continue hunting these magnificent creatures, whale populations may be decimated.