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Grindadráp is the local name for a yearly event that sees the people of the Faroe Islands, a self-governing archipelago under Denmark, hunt long-finned pilot whales as well as other species of cetaceans such as bottlenose dolphins, white-sided dolphins and Risso’s dolphins.
On the 11 July, 2023 passengers on a cruise ship in the Faroe Islands witnessed a pilot whale hunt taking place right in front of them. The hunt resulted in the killing of 78 pilot whales, including 9 young calves. A flotilla of boats and jet-skis herded the whales into shallow waters, where they were hauled ashore and slaughtered with hooks and lances. The UK whale and dolphin charity ORCA, with conservationists on board the ship, criticized the Faroese authorities for allowing such a spectacle to occur in front of tourists who had come to see marine life in its natural environment.
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- July 20, 2023 Headlines:Passengers aboard the cruise ship Ambition in the Faroe Islands witnessed the killing of dozens of pilot whales near their docked ship