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Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) decomposing on an island off Nuuk, Greenland
Greenland is home to around 15 species of Whale, of which only three remain during the winter. The Fin Whale is but a summer visitor to Greenland and is often seen in the water. The Fin Whale grows to be around 27m in length and is the World’s second-largest species, behind the Blue Whale. Whaling has always been an important part of the basis of existence for locals in Greenland and the Fin Whale is one of a couple of whales which is still hunted, by quotas set by the International Whaling Commission. West Greenland is permitted an annual catch of 19 fin whales.