The mass slaughter of dolphins and whales on the Faroe Islands is laid bare by these shocking images. The pictures were captured by volunteers from marine wildlife conservation group Sea Shepherd Global.
Shocking Pictures Show Mass Slaughter Of Dolphins And Whales In The Faroe Islands
The volunteers pretended to be tourists on the islands for around 10 weeks, from July to September. They documented nine separate marine mammals hunts, which are also known by the name grindadrap and date back to the late sixteenth century and include residents to drive herds of pilot whales into shallow waters.
The mammals are then killed by a ‘spinal lance’ that is inserted through their neck to break its spinal cord. According to Sea Shepherd’s head in the UK, Rob Read, the project’s purpose was to reveal the horrible tradition of slaughtering hundreds of marine mammals from the Faroe Islands. As he added, 18 volunteers from France and the UK took part in the project.
The islands’ officials allow fishermen to lead dolphins pods in shallow waters, where the slaughter the mammals in an extremely painful way. The poor animals usually die from bleeding profusely.
According to the Sea Shepherd, 198 Atlantic dolphins and 436 whales were slaughtered in the nine different hunts documented by the volunteers. The organization also reported that each year around a thousand whales are being killed during the summer.