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Operation Bloody Fjords

The Statistics of the Grindadráp

Many pro-grindadráp articles share a common feature in that they completely fail to mention the Faroese drive hunts of other small cetaceans. The Faroese kill long finned pilot whales and four other Appendix II species: Atlantic white-sided dolphins, Bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and the even rarer Northern bottlenose whales.

The statistics are grim, especially for such a small archipelago with a population of 48,678 [correct in 2019] which is less than the entire population of the town of South Benfleet in Essex (UK). In 2013 (the last year in which there was not a Sea Shepherd campaign in the Faroe Islands), the Faroese killed 1104 pilot whales, and on the 13th August massacred every member of a pod of 430 Atlantic white-sided dolphins at Hvalba on the southern island of Suduroy.

Just some of the 430 Atlantic white sided dolphins killed at Hvalba on the 13th August 2013 being removed from the beach using diggers and trucksJust some of the 430 Atlantic white sided dolphins killed at Hvalba on the 13th August 2013 being removed from the beach using diggers and trucks

Over the previous decade (to 2018), a total of 7,744 small cetaceans of 5 different species (58,897 cetaceans of at least 6 species over the last 50 years) have lost their lives in the Faroe Islands in the barbaric grindadráp hunts.

Just to take a more detailed look at the grindadráp hunt statistics from 2017, 2018 and 2019 to date…

The 24 grindadráp hunts with numbers of dolphins and pilot whales killed in year 2017 were:

21st May at Bøur - 83 Long-finned pilot whales

16th June at Tórshavn - 164 Long-finned pilot whales

16th June at Skálabotnur - 8 White-sided dolphins

26th June at Hvalvík - 157 Long-finned pilot whales

26th June at Hvalvík - 51 White-sided dolphins

29th June at Tjørnuvík - 43 Long-finned pilot whales

5th July at Hvannasund - 70 Long-finned pilot whales

8th July at Hvannasund - 71 Long-finned pilot whales

9th July at Tórshavn - 26 Long-finned pilot whales

10th July at Skálabotnur - 2 Long-finned pilot whales

16th July at Vágur - 30 Long-finned pilot whales & 12 White-sided dolphins

17th July at Hvannasund - 191 Long-finned pilot whales

25th July at Syðrugøta - 16 White-sided dolphins

5th August at Funningsfjørður - 133 White-sided dolphins

5th August at Hvannasund - 39 Long-finned pilot whales & 1 White-sided dolphin

15th August at Fámjin - 50 Long-finned pilot whales

18th August at Tórshavn - 61 Long-finned pilot whales

20th August at Borðoyarvík - 27 Long finned pilot whales

21st August at Skálabotnur - 48 White-sided dolphins

22nd August at Húsavík - 19 Long-finned pilot whales

29th August at Hvannasund - 46 Long-finned pilot whales

1st September at Bøur - 29 Long-finned pilot whales

25th September at Hvalba - 9 Long-finned pilot whales

25th September at Skálabotnur - 219 White-sided dolphins

29th October at Skálabotnur - 86 Long-finned pilot whales

The 15 grindadráp hunts with numbers of dolphins and pilot whales killed in year 2018 were:

22nd May at Syðrugøta - 145 Long finned pilot whales

8th June at Hvalvík - 11 Atlantic white-sided dolphins

14th June at Sandur - 4 Long finned pilot whales

30th June at Borðoyarvík - 26 Long finned pilot whales

24th July at Tórshavn - 51 Long finned pilot whales

30th July at Sandavágur - 135 Long finned pilot whales & 1+ Bottlenose Dolphins

30th July at Tórshavn - 38 Long finned pilot whales

31st July at Húsavík - 22 Atlantic white-sided dolphins

16th August at Hvannasund - 87 Long finned pilot whales & 12 Atlantic white-sided dolphins

21st August at Sandavágur - 75 Long finned pilot whales

29th August at Hvalba - 4 Northern Bottlenose whales

5th September at Bøur - 1 Long finned pilot whale

11th September at Hvalvik - 210 Atlantic white sided dolphins

16th September at Norðragøta - 12 Long finned pilot whales

21st September at Syðrugøta - 51 Long finned pilot whales
 

The grindadráp hunts with numbers of dolphins and pilot whales killed so far in year 2019 are as follows: [statistics correct as of 10th September 2019]

1st January at Trongisvágur (Øravík) - 70 long finned pilot whales

29th April at Sandavágur - 105 long finned pilot whales

9th May at Hvalba - 36 long finned pilot whales

12th May at Bøur - 45 long finned pilot whales

26th May at Hvalba - 61 long finned pilot whales

29th May at Sandágerði (Tórshavn) - 145 long finned pilot whales

29th May at Skálabotnur - 7 Atlantic White Sided Dolphins

23rd June at Leynar - 30 long finned pilot whales

2nd August at Hvalvik - 23 long finned pilot whales

27th August at Vestmanna - 98 long finned pilot whales

        9th September at Trongisvágur (Øravík) - 49 long finned pilot whales

 

This brings the total of cetaceans killed in the Danish Faroe Islands to 683 long finned pilot whales and 7 Atlantic white sided dolphins so far in 2019.

 

The 26 designated grindadráp bays of the Faroe Islands are located at:

On the North Eastern islands at:
a) Klaksvík, below Víkarnar
b) Viðvík
c) Hvannasund
d) Borðoyavík

On Eysturoy
a) Fuglafjørður
b) Funningsfjørður
c) Syðrugøta. 
d) Norðragøta
e) Norðskála, in Miðstovukrókur between Stórá and Garðsendi
f) Skálabotnur

On Streymoy
a) Tórshav at Sandagerð
b) Leynar
c) Vestmanna at Fitjasandur
d) Hvalvík at Oyrarnar
e) Tjørnuvík
f) Kollafjørður

On Vágoy (Vagar island):
a) Miðvágur, the beach.
b) Bøur, the beach. 
c) Sandavágur, the beach. 

On Sandoy
a) Sandur
b) Húsavík

On Suðuroy
a) Øravík
b) Trongisvágur
c) Hvalba
d) Vágur
e) Fámjin

Faroese children playing on the corpse of one of the 135 long finned pilot whales killed at Sandavagur on the 30th July 2018 [Photo: Sea Shepherd UK]Faroese children playing on the corpse of one of the 135 long finned pilot whales killed at Sandavagur on the 30th July 2018 [Photo: Sea Shepherd UK]

 

 

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