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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 3 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.