In this world, there are things that have always happened that rip the rug out right from underneath your feet. Sometimes because they are unjust and heartless. Or needless and pointless. Or simply inhumane and shameful. This gruesome, yearly tradition of the whale slaughter in the fjords of the Faroe Islands meets all these conditions. Nevertheless, it is business as usual as summer arrives this year.
Since the 16th century, the inhabitants of the Faroe Islands have hunted whales. Concrete records can be traced as far back as 1709. Most of them used to be pilot whales slain by the whalers themselves. The following pictures were published by wildlife conservation group, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, in order to paint a picture of this insanity. But be careful, some of these photos are almost too much to bear.
The floor of the fjords are covered with whale bones, especially skulls. The sad truth can be measured by this watery grave, the suffering and death inflicted on the marine animals by this ghastly tradition.
Nowadays, when the date approaches for the yearly whale hunt (or in Faroese: the Grindadráp) the whalers utilize modern technology to their advantage. The chance for the whales to escape is increasingly slim.