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Dolphins stranded and murdered in Suderoy

on August 28, 2014

Well it looks like the Faroese whale murderers finally got to kill something – 5 bottlenose whales that became stranded overnight were brutally killed and butchered this morning. In most of the world, stranding of whales and dolphins results in people trying their best to help them get safely back out to sea. But this does not apply in the Faroes.

The following text is taken from Captain Paul Watson’s Facebook page, as are the accompanying photos:

Woe to the Poor Whales that get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles

In most places in the world, if dolphins or whales are stranded, compassionate citizens will rally to the beached whales to relieve their distress and to attempt to rescue them and return them to the ocean.

Not in the hard-hearted Faroe Islands where compassion appears to be an unheard of virtue and where empathy seems to be an alien concept.

Last night 5 Bottlenose whales (hyperoodon ampullatus) were stranded on the beach at Hvalba on the Faroese island of Suduroy. They were discovered this morning. Within minutes blood thirsty Faroese whalers were scrambling over the bodies like agitated maggots, to either kill them or cut them up.

We have determined through our documentation and inquiries that the whales were alive when discovered.

The whales could have been pulled back into the water and released, instead they were mercilessly killed and then towed to a nearby harbor to complete their butchery.

The evidence is clear that the whales were indeed alive when found, not only from observation but because the spinal cord on the whales was severed prior to them being towed to the harbor. If dead there would have been no need for this particular cut, which the whalers brag about as being their “humane” way of killing a whale.

With our vessels we would have been in a position to rescue the whales by towing them back out to sea. We were prevented from doing so by the killers and the police.

Faroese regulations only allow the killing of bottlenose whales, which have beached themselves and CANNOT be driven out again.

We will be consulting with an attorney and with the police to investigate if charges can be brought against the killers for violation of the regulations pertaining to the beaching of Bottlenose whales. The bet is they will have a veterinarian who will sign off that the whales could not be saved.

Long term statistics indicate that the most frequent beachings are in the villages of Hvalba and Sandvík on Suðuroy.

The whales were discovered at 0530 Hours.

The beach is isolated and difficult to monitor and the weather and the seas were nasty but despite the conditions, Sea Shepherd offshore volunteers were able to get the fast boat Loki to the harbor within 30 minutes in time to film the whales being butchered. The killers were strutting about all smiles along with the cops, the entire lot feeling proud and self-righteous that they had just destroyed five beautiful creatures without a modicum or remorse or regret.

The population of Northern Bottlenose whales is thought to not number more than 10,000.

The northern bottlenose whale is listed on Appendix II [8] of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS).[9] It is listed on Appendix II [8] as it has an unfavorable conservation status or would benefit significantly from international co-operation organized by tailored agreements.
In addition, the Northern bottlenose whale is covered by the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas (ASCOBANS),[10] and the Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Conservation of the Manatee and Small Cetaceans of Western Africa and Macaronesia (Western African Aquatic Mammals MoU).
All great conservation news for the Northern Bottlenose dolphin except if they are unlucky enough to be stranded on a beach within killing distance of the knife wielding psychopaths of Suduroy.

Suderoy 1

Suderoy 2

Suderoy 3

Suderoy 4

The actions of the whale killers are a breach of the Faroese laws and demonstrate that these people have no compassion. I felt completely sickened by reading the report of the killing, and I know I’m not alone. Please support Sea Shepherd Operation Grindstop and help to keep up the pressure on the Faroese to stop this horrible practice.


One response to “Dolphins stranded and murdered in Suderoy

  1. I’ve heard about the killings of whales in Faroe islands before. It’s terrible just to think about it. I’ve seen pictures, where so many whales were killed that the whole bay colored res because of the blood. I don’t get it how this can be legal and not prosecuted!


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