On the night of September 12th, just off the coast of Faeroe Islands, a super-pod of over 1400 Atlantic White-Sided Dolphins were chased around – by a pack of humans on jet skis – until they were tired. By the next morning, every single one of the dolphins had been killed.
The “hunt” known as Grindadrap, is a traditional custom practiced by local Faeroe Islanders. For centuries, it had been an integral part of their diet. Yet, last Sunday’s hunt broke all previous records of dolphin and whale hunting, needlessly massacring the aquatic mammals, and mutilating their carcasses.
The event has caused an outcry from people across the world after it was brought the international animal rights group Sea Shepherd posted graphic images and footage of the aftermath of the hunt. The images show hundreds of dolphin carcasses lying on the beaches, and the waters of the north sea turning red from their blood.
According to Sea Shepherd, Faeroe islanders had already killed over 600 long-finned whales earlier this year, bringing the total number of ocean mammals killed in 2021 to a whopping 2043.
“Considering the times, we are in, with a global pandemic and the world coming to a halt, it’s appalling to see an attack on nature of this scale in the Faroe Islands,” said Captain Alex Cornelissen the CEO of the Shepherd Global in a statement released yesterday. “If we have learned anything from this pandemic is that we have to live in harmony with nature instead of wiping it out.”
Faeroe Islands which lie just 230 miles north of Scotland, equidistant from Norway to the east and Iceland to the west, do not need the enormous amount of meat they just hunted.
Graphic Video released by Sea Shepherd showing the aftermath of the hunt.
Despite the hunt being a traditional practice, the vast majority of dolphin meant isn’t used for food after the event, due to the small population of the Faeroe Islands. Neither are they used for any commercial purposes and according to interviews done by the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, most carcasses are dumped into the trash or buried in large-scale pits.
Hence, the sheer number of dolphins killed in the event, using modern equipment like jet skis to out-maneuver the aquatic mammals, is little more than a massacre.
Although local authorities have tried to make the customer more sustainable through tighter regulations on hunting ocean mammals, it hasn’t stopped the unnecessary killing of the ocean mammals.
Images posted by the Sea Sheperd showed many dolphin carcasses mutilated after being run over by motorboats. Their bodies were hacked, slashed, and left to die a painful death.
Cover Image: Sea Sheperd