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.”