Every year, the sea turns blood red in areas around the Faroe Islands, as pilot whales are violently slaughtered and dragged onto shore during this controversial Danish ritual.
Crowds of locals turn up to watch the vicious slaughtering of whales, much to the horror of many people around the world.
Each year, as whales swim towards the shore during their migration, fishermen close up on the whales with their boats and dinghies. The whales are killed in the shallow water or on the sand, turning the sea blood red, then dragged up onto the beach.
It is estimated that there are one million long-finned pilot whales and 200,000 short-finned pilot whales in the world.
The slaughtering has caught the attention of activists and a PETA campaign where a petition was initiated, urging for the centuries-old ritual to end, as the ritual could cause a significant reduction in the whale populations, the Independent reported.
The campaign reads: “Metal hooks are driven into the stranded mammals’ blowholes before their spines are cut. The animals slowly bleed to death. Whole families are slaughtered, and some whales swim around in their family members’ blood for hours. Whales and dolphins are highly intelligent creatures and feel pain and fear every bit as much as we do.”