138 pilot whales killed at latest grindadráp in Faroe Islands

138 pilot whales killed at latest grindadráp in Faroe Islands

At least 138 pilot whales were killed in the latest grindadráp this weekend in the Faroe Islands, a group of islands in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Whale hunting in the Faroe Islands, specifically the practice known as “grindadráp,” is a traditional practice where these marine animals are rounded up and killed.

Grindadráps involve boats driving a pod of pilot whales into a shallow bay, where they are killed with handheld knives or traditional tools. Community members hunt the whales, and the meat and fat are distributed among the participants and the local community.

The event occurred in Hvannasund, a village on the west coast of Viðoy, the archipelago’s northernmost island.

The Captain Paul Watson Foundation, a direct-action ocean conservation movement, witnessed the killing of the whales. It was especially distressing this year to see the animals suffer for such a long time, the foundation told The Daily Mail.

The animals were driven towards land over several hours. For more than five hours, boats held them in a stressful situation within a fjord.

A spokesperson for the foundation described the gruesome scene where the animals struggled onshore for over 25 minutes while others were being killed.

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