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The horrifying statistics of the Grindadráp dolphin hunts

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 just 52,000 persons. Notably, 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 they 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 (Photo by Anonymous tourist – rights granted to Sea Shepherd in 2013)

The Dolphins killed in the Faroe Islands in recent years:

Yr.2012 - 12 hunts in which 713 Pilot Whales and 2 bottlenose whales killed

Yr.2013 - 11 hunts in which 1104 Pilot whales and 430 Atlantic White Sided Dolphins killed

Yr.2014 - 2 hunts in which 48 Pilot whales killed and 5 bottlenose whales killed (Sea Shepherd Operation Grindstop

Yr.2015 - 6 hunts in which 501 Pilot whales killed, 2 bottlenose whales killed (Sea Shepherd Operation Sleppid Grindini & new ‘Grind Laws’ against Sea Shepherd actions and vessels)

Yr.2016 - 5 hunts in which 295 Pilot whales killed

Yr.2017 - 1203 pilot whales and 488 Atlantic white sided dolphins killed (total = 1691)

Yr.2018 - 625 pilot whales, 255 Atlantic white sided dolphins & one bottlenose dolphin (total = 881)

Yr.2019 - 682 long finned pilot whales and 8 Atlantic white sided dolphins (total = 690)

Yr.2020 - 463 long finned pilot whales and 35 Atlantic white sided dolphins (to date 9th Aug 2020)

 

Statistics in more detail for years 2017 to 2020:

2017 - The 24 grindadráp hunts and numbers of dolphins and pilot whales killed in Yr.2017 were as follows:

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

2018 - The 15 grindadráp hunts and numbers of dolphins and pilot whales killed in Yr 2018 were as follows:

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

2019 - The numbers of dolphins and pilot whales killed by the Faroese in the 11 grindadrap hunts in 2019 were as follows:

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

4th June at Fuglafjørður - 21 long finned pilot whales

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 - 49 long finned pilot whales

28th September at Sandvik - 4 long finned pilot whales

9th October at Miðvágur - 1 Atlantic white sided dolphin

Additional Note: The first massacre of a family of 70 pilot whales on New Year's day 2019 immediately lost the Faroese the entire 1 Million Euros incentive to end the Grindadráp (100,000 Euros each year for 10 consecutive years with zero cetacean kills) offered on the 28th September 2018 by Sea Shepherd UK.

2020 - The numbers of dolphins and pilot whales killed by the Faroese so far in 2020 is as follows:

6th June at Bour - 18 long finned pilot whales killed during a failed tagging exercise

15th July at Hvalba - 252 long finned pilot whales and 35 Atlantic white sided dolphins

30th July at Sandur (Sandoy) - 193 long finned pilot whales

        17th August at Sandvik - 6 Northern Bottlenose whales

        19th August at Hvalba – 5 Northern Bottlenose whales

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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]

 

 

Please help support Sea Shepherd UK’s campaigns in the Faroe Islands by donating to our charity at:
https://www.seashepherd.org.uk/support-us/donate-monthly.html

For more information, or for press enquiries please contact: [email protected]

You can also view photos and videos from Sea Shepherd UK’s campaigns including the last 4 years of Operation Bloody Fjords at: https://seashepherduk.myportfolio.com/

There is also a Facebook page for the campaign at: https://www.facebook.com/OpBloodyFjords/

 

 

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