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Whale WATCHING or Whale HUNTING?

October 30, 2019


>>[Narrator] This is Húsavík, a small town in the north
of Iceland and home to around twenty
three hundred inhabitants. Husavik is famous for whale watching and it’s widely
regarded as Iceland’s whale-watching capital. There’s a higher chance
of seeing whales in the Shaky Bay
than anywhere else in Iceland. This bay originally created by glacial activity has
two major rivers flow into it. And this results in a very
rich feeding grounds for whales. Here, you’ll find a very rich
and diverse wildlife ecosystem. You can find many whales,
dolphins and bird species here. So you can definitely say that whale watching
is big in Húsavík. You’ll find a whale watching
company in every corner of the harbor and they’ve even
got a whale museum. But a little more
than 25 years ago, there was no whale watching
in Húsavík, but that changed when two brothers bought
their first boat and founded Northsailing in 1994.>>My name is Hordur
Sigurbjarnarson, and I am owner of Northsailing and founder, along with my brother
and soon, my– my son. So this was a family company
until three years ago. There came more shareholders
into the company.>>[Narrator] First, they started preparing
the old white oak fishing boats and in 1995, they were ready
for their first tour and they still use
these same boats to date. Of course, I asked them why they use
wooden boats instead of metal like the other companies do.>>We found out that all the wooden boat
fishing fleet of Iceland, which I loved very much and I was sure that this fleet of white
oak boats from Europe are very, very valuable. And they have
very nice movement. And so we bettin on this by offering
travel agencies to come, to enjoy the
nature of Skjálfandi.>>[Narrator] And it seems like they chose
the right strategy. The number of tours
increased rapidly and each year more tourists
came to enjoy whale watching.>>But, in the first year, we want everybody
who was trying to understand what was going on
here on the bay. We realised
that this is a very, very exceptional. The surrounding, the mountains
behind the bay, the bird life and so
nobody have expected, the whales were more
than we expected mainly Minke whales, but every now and then humpback whales. So the first year we
got 1,750 passengers. Next year, 5,600
and third, 8,000. And then the market realized
it was something new.>>And this success of Northsailing
did not go unnoticed. After a while, other companies also
started offering whale watching tours in Húsavík. So although whale watching
is relatively new, it has grown a lot of popularity
in the last few decades. Every day thousands of people join a tour to admire
these magnificent animals, but humankind has not always treated the whale
population this way. The last four to five centuries, people have heavily
hunted the whales, but around 1915 something
changed in Iceland.>>In 1915, when Iceland were the first
of the of Nations to been put up a complete ban
on big whale hunting. But despite of that, we have lost two species
of the population around Iceland which are
the Northern Right Whale, and the Grey Whales. They haven’t be seen
here and not shown.>>Although some bigger
whale species are now internationally protected, whale hunting or whaling
is still going on in Iceland. Currently, two active wailing
companies remain on Iceland. According to several sites, which are linked
in the description, they are allowed to kill
a maximum of 209 fin whales and 217 minke whales each year
between 2018 and 2023. So this means that they
are hunting the same whales that the wheel watching
companies try to show to the tourist.>>Yeah, well, it’s completely stupid to do it
and that doesn’t go with any acceptable methods, how we– how we kill
animals to put on our table. Stupid.>>The whale watching companies can probably not stop
this whale hunting, but what they can do is lowering
the impact of whale watching and that’s exactly what North sailing
is trying to accomplish. Recently, they started offering silent also called responsible
whale watching tours.>>Silent sailing yes… We decided several years
ago to try to electrify one of our boats and
to charge in harbor and do the whale watching
here on the Skjálfandi bay with electricity.>>These batteries get charged
with green electricity. There are many
geothermal power plants and also hydropower
plants in Iceland. Although North sailing is still
improving the technology, they can now offer a full tour
completely on electricity.>>We can sail normally,
we can sail two trips. Two- three hours trip
on the on the batteries, and this is a boat
which has a sails as well. And then, we use
the sails with batteries, and we have any wind for it. But this is a project, we are developing and we need time to get hold
on how what is possible and what is reasonable to do, but this is really
silent whale watching.>>I’ve had the privilege to join a few silence
whale watching tours. It’s an amazing experience
to sail on the open sea, without any engine noise, just the sound of the waves
and the wind in the sails. Based on many encounters that you can find
on YouTube alone, it’s reasonable to think the
whales are enjoying our visit or at least are interested
in our presence. But of course only as long as
you treat them with respect and a more silent approach will probably lower
the impact of our visit.>>But you can avoid the impact
by keeping in mind that you are the visitor
in their ground. That’s a Whales home. And most of the skhpper’s
are understand this. And our problem as I see it is that there are no official
regulations to follow by the goverments for the communities
or it really depends on cooperation between
the companies and people who are interested
to protect the whales and we have introduced a code
of conduct regulations, which are international.>>Whale watching is bigger
than ever in Iceland. So maybe this is the right
moment to set up regulations for whale watching. Anyway, I don’t want to provoke
a political discussion about whaling or whale watching
with this documentary. As you’ve noticed, I’m very passionate
about whale watching. And I do believe that they
deserve more protection. But I also want to show that there’s an opposite
interest going on here. The seas around Iceland
are important in many ways for a lot of inhabitants
of this beautiful island. The Fisheries sector was
the single most important part of the Icelandic
economy in 2011, but now this has been
replaced by tourism, another important sector
for many people in Iceland. And what about the whale species
that are not endangered? It what’s the difference
between the meat that we buy in the supermarket
or the minke whales that get consumed
by a lot of tourist? Well that is all up to you. Hopefully, this short
documentary gave you the insight to make a better decision if you ever decide
to go whale watching or if whale meat is on the menu
of your restaurant. Before I end this one, I want to thank
the people at Northsailing for their friendly
welcome and hospitality. And finally, I just
want to mention that this video was
not paid or sponsored. It’s just my
own passion project. Thanks again for watching. See you next time on Orange83.

48 Comments

  • Reply Orange83 October 25, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    Something different this time, I hope you all enjoy this small documentary. Don't worry, I'll be back with more tutorials!

  • Reply Sohel Traveler October 25, 2019 at 1:06 pm

    dear i like your video

  • Reply Neil Gt October 25, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Really interesting and unexpected vid. The edit is so clean.

  • Reply ROYAL VIDEOS October 25, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Great video thank you great editing you always teach us something new.

  • Reply Omar Hamed October 25, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    This video took me to another world.. more peace and warm one.

    The music, the simple edit, used footage.. all of them were more than perfect.

    Thank you!

  • Reply Mathieu Stern October 25, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    very interesting and deep work ! it's good to not be stuck in one style of videos.
    i went to do whale watching in Iceland twice and it was fantastic !

  • Reply Netanel Revivo October 25, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    Nice video, tbh i didnt watch the whole video bc its way too long and when im learning something, i prefer to learn by the shortest way so… 👍

  • Reply Fun Friday BD October 25, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    nice people. preserve the lovely creatures. support from dhaka

  • Reply EveryDay HoliDay October 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    I find it very good that you now and then have some other videos than just tutorials. It is like a breath of fresh air for your channel. And you are a great filmmaker.

  • Reply Jenna C October 25, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for your passion I share it!! People have the choice to do something different not to kill. Whales do not have the choice how to live or where. But I also understand that because we have screwed up the ecosystem, we need to manage it. If that means managed harvesting of an animal – OK. I don't like and wish it where different but I get it.

  • Reply Arthur Yamashita October 25, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    You should start a new channel for content like this. It's really sad that the subscribers base and algorithm wouldn't encourage you to do so on this channel. But I guess that these videos will reach a lot more people than the tutorials in the long run. Please if you see this commen, consider this. Because you have the potential to create good content.

  • Reply YE CHANNEL October 25, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Unexpected….But I learned something the way you implemented your editing skill…Thanks…

  • Reply IMDABROWN October 25, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Great cinematic documentary

  • Reply Robert Wedderburn October 25, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    Wow, this was unexpected! Such a awesome wildlife documentary! Thanks for sharing this important story on your channel 👍

  • Reply RichieFromBoston October 25, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Well done

  • Reply Ken Beans October 25, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Hey orange 🍊 it’s me apple 🍎!! U remember me?

  • Reply Annelien Pienaar Food Consultant October 25, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Wonderful insight of what is happening in our world. I have never seen those little birds ever…the footage and short film is beautiful. I am a passionate fighter for protecting and preserving wild. Here in the Southern tip of Africa our wonderful Rhino's is getting slaughtered every day. Populations critically low and trading in places like Vietnam that is one of the largest consumers of Rhino horn, there is NO regulations for protecting and stopping this utter nonsense. If you could ever see the 3 hour documentary of two South African movie makers with the title: STROOP (in my native language AFrikaans that is closely related to Dutch, stroop means poaching, taking things by force, utter destruction. Here is a link to the video… https://www.journeyman.tv/film/7447/stroop-journey-into-the-rhino-horn-war

  • Reply Delta Drones October 25, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Awesome Video!
    I was in Iceland 1 month ago. Do you wanna know another Planet? Go to Iceland! Check out my last Drone video.

  • Reply Anjani Kumar October 25, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Nice…

  • Reply Esteban Lopez October 25, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Humans = Cancer Cells

  • Reply Whitefox - Space, Tech, and Gaming October 25, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Orange, I am an incredible fan of your work, I value your tutorials immensely. It is a shame that now, 4 hours later, this video is still under 1000 views with a subscriber base of 300,000.

    My channel is infinitesimally smaller than yours, and yet, I set out from the beginning to merge three concepts. It did not work. So currently I am rebranding my entire channel, because YouTube would just kill off random videos I made. Even at a small subscriber count, the difference was extremely noticeable between a "YouTube Approved" video and one they did not.

    This is a fantastic documentary, and I will watch every episode you put out. From a creative point of view, I would really love to hear a slight more emphasis on music- it doesn't even have to change, but it was a bit quiet in this documentary, barely noticeable with my DT-770 250ohms (powered by an amp).

    I do think you should create a second channel for this, not because I think any of your loyal base disapproves of this content, but because YouTube will all but shut it down. The only reason I even saw this is because you are one of about 5 channels for whom I have rung the bell.

    PLEASE do not let the performance of this video discourage you: this is great stuff, this is beautiful, brilliant quality production that should not be shut down because YouTube is in a **** weird place right now. Please keep going, and perhaps make a separate video when you announce your second channel.

    Orange Films has a good, simple ring to it? Just my 2c!

  • Reply Tom Solymosi October 25, 2019 at 5:29 pm

    I very very very very very much enjoyed this. This was like a mini doc that one might find on the ‘special features’ section on BBC’s Planet Earth. There was so much good in this. Thank you for making it.
    ✌️ from NJ/Hungary

  • Reply Serge M October 25, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    This is great! Please keep making these types of videos along with your tutorials

  • Reply Alain Tarbes Perez October 25, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Hermoso, muy hermoso!!!

  • Reply MERON October 25, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    Hello. First thank you for all what you do. Before 2 month you download video in YouTube about slideshow. Then it work, but now there's a problem. picture 3,4,5,6,8,9,10,11,12 I can't look at the whole picture when i exported.

  • Reply Haranagon October 25, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    This documentary is really relaxing to watch
    Very good video. you can be proud of it ! 🙂

  • Reply Andr3x.S October 25, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    Your content is fantastic friend, both the tutorials and this documentary. very beautiful indeed. Thank you for sharing with us

  • Reply Steve Carpenter October 25, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Wow, how sad to see this happen! Here in Dana Point, California, it is the Gray Whale capital of the US West Coast. In fact, more whales watching tours are performed out of our harbor than any other location from Alaska down to Mexico. Gray Whales are the most prevalent, but we see Blue Whales, Humpbacks, and a few Minkies. Thank goodness the US protects whales along our coasts. Thank you for the very beautiful video!

  • Reply 궁금해?TV October 26, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Hey i love your video
    When i found your channel, i just knew that your channel is for premier pro tutorials
    But after i watch this video, i was able to see your various kinds of video also i can see your edit skill kkk
    Thanks make video for us

  • Reply Scout Prime October 26, 2019 at 5:04 am

    I love your tuts and everything you share with us. But this is by far my Favorite video you have made. Wonderful work!

  • Reply Elroy Ahmet October 26, 2019 at 7:16 am

    He Orange! Beautiful video! Love this kind of travel and information videos! With beautiful footage! Looking forward to your next travel video! Greetings Elroy!

  • Reply Daniel H. October 26, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Personally I like this kind of videos.

  • Reply Gene Waddle October 26, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Excellent!

  • Reply Mauricio Li October 26, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Unexpected video. Thank you for sharing this documentary Orange 83.
    👍🏻☕🌴🌋☀️

  • Reply pappys productions October 26, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    Awesome video my man!
    Love it.

  • Reply pappys productions October 26, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    I shared it to face book and will share it to more pages & groups

  • Reply 힙합팬 이창민 October 26, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    BEST

  • Reply Foodtech Simplified October 27, 2019 at 6:04 am

    I'd love to see this kind of videos for sure!

  • Reply Karl Davison October 27, 2019 at 11:23 am

    I watch all your videos, sadly this one was not pushed to me by Youtube, I think the graphic warning at the start may have been the reason. It seems we are now told what we should and shouldn't be watching.

  • Reply Gunnar Hosch October 27, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Loved it – I have friends visiting Iceland right now so I sent this to them 😀👍

    (I have a tut AE question as well, but will wait till next video)

  • Reply iCeline October 28, 2019 at 6:50 am

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful video! ANd thanks for the subtitles in so many languages ! That’s awesome! You did a great job Nathan! I would have loved to hear more about the whale hunting and see how we can prevent it. It shouldn’t be Authorized, it breaks my heart, and I was puzzled to hear that overall 400 whales can be killed every year. I could have watched the documentary longer ! I can not believe Youtube have hide this video from your subscribers !!!
    It’s such a shame! I don’t think you should start a new channel if you upload that kind of video from time to time, you should keep it in this channel to raise the amount of views (and the awareness of whale watching vs hunting).

  • Reply Cut To The Point October 28, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Nice work, man!

  • Reply Camilo Rodriguez October 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Muy buen video!!!!!!!!!!! Great video. Thank you for created

  • Reply Art N Motion Photography October 28, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Excellent video, 2 bad you tube is not showing this video.

  • Reply areamusicale October 29, 2019 at 9:20 am

    Make "KILLING WHALES" a turist attraction (like bull fighting) and let's end this conversation.
    Some people gives a shit about fishes some like me don't. I do not eat them, I do not hunt them I do not care about them. I have my own problems.

  • Reply Rise Phoenix October 29, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Orange , thank u for ur videos. I think that if you are going to do this kind of videos than it needs an another channel(as YouTube just showed it to you) but also we both know how hard is it to start a new channel with no auditory on it. I'm also a beginner with a small auditory, by the way I can understand you and ur worries. Anyway I wish you to have luck on this way.

  • Reply EDDVLOG October 30, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I feel soo much warmth and peace with this video Orange83. Your works are amazing and this particular documentary is making me consider visiting Iceland. I also enjoyed your 7 ways in making videos more cinematic. It has given me another scope in how I should record my videos. Thank you very much Orange83. I actually learnt most of my editing skills from you and also enjoyed all your free transition packs and title packs and everything you have shared on your channel.

    I hope one day I make you proud on my channel and also contribute something for the enjoyments and lessons I have gotten from your channel. Much love bro. Is there anyway I can get in touch with you please.

  • Reply EDDVLOG October 30, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    I feel soo much warmth and peace with this video Orange83. Your works are amazing and this particular documentary is making me consider visiting Iceland. I also enjoyed your 7 ways in making videos more cinematic. It has given me another scope in how I should record my videos. Thank you very much Orange83. I actually learnt most of my editing skills from you and also enjoyed all your free transition packs and title packs and everything you have shared on your channel.

    I hope one day I make you proud on my channel and also contribute something for the enjoyments and lessons I have gotten from your channel. Much love bro. Is there anyway I can get in touch with you please.

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