Irony: Whale oil as biofuel

The 19th century development of oil saved the whales who were being hunted for their blubber to light lanterns. Now an Icelandic fisherman has brought us full circle.

“It is a fantastically surreal propostion. An Icelandic whaler, Kristján Loftsson, is powering his whaling ships using “biofuel” composed of 80% diesel – and 20% whale oil. Loftsson claims the oil is additionally friendly to the environment as it is rendered out of whale blubber using heat from Iceland’s volcanic vents.”

Read more in The Guardian.

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