Sea Shepherd’s determination to end the grindadrap continues with the 6th year of ‘Operation Bloody Fjords’ - our 13th campaign season on the Faroe Islands with more Danish and Scandinavian crew than ever before.

During 2020 (thanks especially to our Danish crew) we started to find we have new signs of support in the Faroe Islands, not only against the grindadrap hunts but also for other Sea Shepherd campaigns around the world.  This year our volunteer crew will do everything we can to engage with and encourage more Faroese citizens to speak out against the hunts, to support Sea Shepherd campaigns around the world, and look towards establishing, hopefully in the near future a ‘Sea Shepherd Faroe Islands’ chapter.
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"The most powerful weapon in the world, as far as I'm concerned, is the camera" - Captain Paul Watson.   
The last 10 years of the Faroese Grindadrap has killed 6,276 long finned pilot whales, 24 northern bottlenose whales, 2,654 Atlantic white sided dolphins & they have hidden the killing of at least 1 bottlenose dolphin:

2011 - 9 hunts - 726 pilot whales killed
2012 - 12 hunts - 713 Pilot whales & 2 bottlenose whales killed
2013 - 11 hunts - 1104 Pilot whales & 430 Atlantic White Sided Dolphins killed
2014 - 2 hunts - 48 Pilot whales & 5 bottlenose whales killed
2015 - 6 hunts - 501 Pilot whales & 2 bottlenose whales killed
2016 - 5 hunts - 295 Pilot whales killed
2017 - 25 hunts - 1203 pilot whales & 488 Atlantic white sided dolphins killed
2018 – 15 hunts - 524 pilot whales, 265 Atlantic white sided dolphins, 4 northern bottlenose whales & 1 botttlenose dolphin killed
2019 - 14 hunts - 682 pilot whales and 8 Atlantic white sided dolphins killed
2020 - 6 hunts - 539 pilot whales, 35 Atlantic white sided dolphins and 11 bottlenose whales killed
2021 - 667 long finned pilot whales and 1428 Atlantic white sided dolphins (to date)

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The 1st #grindadrap pilot whale hunt of 2021 at Hvannasund in the Faroe Islands - 28th April 2021
The original pod of an estimated 30 pilot whales fought hard to escape the Faroese boats.
However after 3 hours a total of 10 long finned pilot whales were driven into the bay at Hvannasund and were killed in the first Grindadrap hunt of 2021.
110 Faroese residents took part and 9 boats were used accoding to Faroese media reports
#Grindadrap of a pod of 52 long finned pilot whales at Leynar - 27th June 2021
Just after midnight a pod was spotted near Vestmanna and were quickly driven down towards Leynar's killing bay by 18-20 boats.
The killing was filmed and photographed by Sea Shepherd crew from Denmark and Sweden.
Hvannasund Grindadrap of 123 long finned pilot whales on the afternoon of the 27th June 2021.

Sea Shepherd crew from Scandinavia witnessed their second hunt of the day with the killing at Hvannasund being particularly horiffic as at previous hunts our crew have documented in previous years at this NE location in the Faroe Islands.
The drive hunt and killing involved 33 boats with 127 persons onboard and with 203 Faroese taking part in the killing from the land.
Photos by Sea Shepherd Crew on Operation Bloody Fjords 2021
Sandavágur Grindadrap of 77 long finned pilot whales on the 7th July 2021 - and a juvenile Minke whale stranded

Sea Shepherd crew from Denmark, Norway and the Faroe Islands documented the killing of 77 long finned pilot whales at Sandavágur in the Faroe Islands.
The killing of the 77 whales took around 11 minutes to end with 231 Faroese on 53 boats and 207 taking part in the killing on the beach.
A lone juvenile Minke whale that was driven in with the pod or which became stranded after being disorientated by the noise from the hunters boats, was filmed just to the East of the main killing beach struggling in shallow water filled with the blood of the pilot whales. The fate of the Minke whale is at present unknown.
A young Faroese boy leans on the body of a killed pilot whale as butchering begins
[Photo by Sea Shepherd Crew - 7th July 2021]
Unborn pilot whale fetuses dumped in a fish crate/bin at the Jatnavegur dockside in Miðvágur 
[Photo by Sea Shepherd Crew - 7th July 2021]
The remains of the pilot whales are loaded onto the Faroese 'J & K Petersen' company operated hopper barge 'SIRI' for later dumping out of sight at around 23:06 UTC in the centre of Vágafjørður
Hvalba Grindadrap of 136 long finned pilot whales on the 8th July 2021

Sea Shepherd crew from Denmark and Norway documented the killing of 136 long finned pilot whales at Hvalba on the southern island of Suðuroy in the Faroe Islands.
Hvannasund Grindadrap of 38 long finned pilot whales on the 1st August 2021

Sea Shepherd crew from Denmark, Sweden and Norway documented the killing of 38 long finned pilot whales at Hvannasund in the NE of the Faroe Islands
Skálafjörður Grindadrap of 24 long finned pilot whales on the 10th August 2021

Sea Shepherd crew from Denmark and Norway documented the killing of 24 long finned pilot whales at Skálafjörð on the south of the Faroe Islands.
Klaksvik Grindadrap of 38 long finned pilot whales on the 10th August 2021

Sea Shepherd crew from Denmark and Norway documented the second grindadrap hunt of the 10th August in which 38 long finned pilot whales were killed at the Faroe Islands 2nd largest town of Klaksvik.
Leynar Grindadrap of 38 long finned pilot whales on the 16th August 2021

Sea Shepherd crew from Denmark and Norway documented the killing of 38 long finned pilot whales at Leynar.
The Skálafjörður massacre of 1428 Atlantic White Sided Dolphins

The largest hunt of cetaceans ever documented in the Faroe Islands (Kingdom of Denmark) - and possibly the largest hunt in recorded history worldwide.

12th September 2021

For further information - see the news article at
https://www.seashepherd.org.uk/news-and-commentary/news/1428-dolphins-slaughtered-in-the-faroe-islands-sunday-night.html
* More photos & video to be published here and on the Operation Bloody Fjords campaign page soon.

Press / Media enquiries to
: faroes@seashepherduk.org

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The grindadráp is a barbaric relic of a bygone age. A needless hunt of hundreds of pilot whales and dolphins which should have ended a century ago which is not needed to feed anyone on the islands” 
- Robert Read, COO at Sea Shepherd UK

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The web pages for Operation Bloody Fjords are at: https://www.seashepherd.org.uk/campaigns/operation-bloody-fjords/ 

The Facebook page for the campaign is at: https://www.facebook.com/OpBloodyFjords/  

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 

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