The day the sea turns stained with blood - Wikipet
Every year, the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands face a terrifying picture: a whale hunt, leaving dozens of brutally killed whales behind and staining the ocean in a blood-red color. Whaling here is a constant and familiar phenomenon.
How it happened in 2018
A 22-year-old student, Alastar Ward, captured the massacre on camera. Maybe this is a traditional action for the Faroese, but the number of dead whales killed the young man.
People pushed their bodies to the shore, pushed them with oars, ”says Ward about the hunt in one of the villages on the islands. - When they were close enough to the ground, it seemed that the whole village began to throw ropes on them and pull them out of the water. Even small children helped.
The process itself looks like this: whales are pulled to the shore, and then killed by piercing the spine with a special sharp spear.
In 2018, 180 grinds, or black dolphins, animals of the cetacean order, were killed during the event.
Why is this happening?
The population of the Faroe Islands, a group of islands in the northern Atlantic Ocean, has been hunting for whales for centuries. The meat of these animals is used to feed 50 thousand Faroese during difficult and long winters.
The meat and fat of black dolphins has always been and will be the most important component of the diet on the islands, the Faroese government explains. - The catch is shared among hunting participants and residents of settlements, money does not participate in this.Each black dolphin killed gives several hundred kilograms of meat and fat. Meat, which, otherwise, must be purchased from abroad.
Residents assure that hunting is regulated by laws, and the killing itself takes place in such a way as to cause animals as little torment as possible. It is also believed that this tradition does not harm nature, since out of a population of 100,000 dolphins, only about eight hundred die in the hunt each year.
This traditional action is regulated not only by Faroese laws, but also observed by international groups, for example, the North Atlantic Commission on Mammals. This organization has confirmed that annual whale hunting in the Faroe Islands does not threaten the population of these animals.
However, Alastar Ward’s methods of killing black dolphins, which are used by local residents, seemed absolutely inhuman.
The sounds and screams emanating from the whales were simply heartbreaking. People dipped hooks attached to ropes in their breathing holes to hook and pull the inside up. And then they began to strike at her with knives.
Whaling for trade was forbidden throughout the world in the 1980s, but this did not affect the local hunting, as in the Faroe Islands, as residents do not sell their prey, but equally share it with each other.