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Post Ólavsøka blues put aside as locals take to the beaches of Sandavágur and Tórshavn to kill at least 188 pilot whales

No sooner had the worst part of the collective hangover after Ólavsøka (the Faroese national holiday) passed before it was announced this morning that no less than two pods of pilot whales had been sighted close to the island of Streymoy.

No sooner had the worst part of the collective hangover after Ólavsøka (the Faroese national holiday) passed before it was announced this morning that no less than two pods of pilot whales had been sighted close to the island of Streymoy.

And this afternoon one of the pods of whales was driven onto the beach of Sandavágur on Vágar Island for slaughther, whilst the other one was driven onto the beach of Tórshavn – for the same purpose.

The first pod consisted of around 150 pilot whales, while the other one consisted of 38 pilot whales, reports Faroese news website Portal.fo. 

This comes after 51 pilot whales were killed in Tórshavn last week. That particular pod of whales was shared between those who participated in the hunt. See pictures from the killings here.

So far this year, around 400 pilot whales have been caught in the Faroe Islands.

In June, 26 pilot whales were killed in Borðoyavík on the island of Borðoy, whilst in May around 150 pilot whales were killed on Gøtuvík Beach on Eysturoy.

 

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