Annual Whale Hunt On Faroe Islands Turns Sea Red With Blood

Annual Whale Hunt On Faroe Islands Turns Sea Red With Blood whale fbREX/Shutterstock

Good God in heaven, horrific photos have emerged of a brutal slaughter of a pod of whales on a remote Arctic island.

The animals are routinely rounded up and butchered in cold blood over the course of a year as part of ‘tradition’.

One of the mass culls happens every summer, with thousands of pilot and beaked whales meet their maker in bays across the Danish-owned Faroe Islands.

Sickening images show fishermen steering herds into the shallow waters long-stained red by the blood of slain animals that have come before them.

One whale can be seen fighting for its life as three men drag it through the water.

Other revellers use ropes to drag the whales’ bodies to the shore by punters watch on the beach.

All in all, the horrorshow lasted a total hour and a half, with 180 whales stripped of their lives.

The Faroese have eaten pilot whale meat and blubber since they first settled the islands over a century ago. According to the official Faroe Islands tourist site, the whale drive is a community activity open to all, while also well organised on a community level and regulated by national laws.

Records of all pilot whale hunts have been kept since 1584 and the practice is deemed sustainable, as there are an estimated 778,000 whales in the eastern North Atlantic region. Approximately 100,000 swim close to the Faroe Islands, and the Faroese hunt on average 800 pilot whales annually.

The meat and blubber from the hunt is distributed equally among those who have participated. Those who are too ill or weak to take part are encouraged to sign up for their share, even though they have not taken part.

Hunting and killing methods have been improved to ensure as little harm to the whales as possible. All hunters must now obtain a hunting license in order to kill a whale.

Although pilot whale meat and blubber contains much protein, iron, carnitine and vitamins, there are concerns that the high levels of mercury and PCBs in the whales can have detrimental health effects. Ocean pollution by heavy industries and industrialised agriculture has resulted in the pollution of whales.

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