Early this month, 32yr.old German tourist and anti-whaling activist Arne Feuerhahn had been travelling Iceland: "When I found out that whaling was still going on there by Kristján Loftsson [the CEO of Hvalur], I couldn't just sit back and do nothing about it."
"Arne received numerous threats from pro-whalers including death threats. Workers on the ship hit the mast with a lifting ramp twice. Police showed up to calm things down."
Conversely the whaling company's spokesperson Halldór Gíslason said the Hvalur employees had ignored him apart from taking pictures.
Hvalur 8 was docked at the shipyard in Reykjavík in preparation for the upcoming whaling season, which begins this month. The quota for fin whales is 154.