Pilot Whaling In The Faroes

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The Faroe Islands are a set of eighteen islands in between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. More specifically, the islands lay north-northwest of Great Britain, halfway between Scotland and Iceland (About). Despite their tiny size, The Faroe Islands are a self-governing, autonomous region. Being a small set of islands, The Faroes have a very difficult time importing food. As a result, the Islanders must be self-sufficient. In order to answer the need for food centuries ago, the people of the Faroes Islands turned to pilot whaling. Pilot whaling is the act of hunting whales in order to obtain meat, oil, and blubber. The tradition of whale hunting in the Faroes dates back to 1586. The people of the Faroe Islands have their own unique way of whaling.…show more content…
Boat owners get in their boats and form a semi-circle around the whales. The arc of boats acts as a sea wall herding the wales to shore. As the boats close in on the whales, rocks are thrown into the water to create bubbles that replicate the sonar, low audio sound, of the pilot wales. As a result, the whales think the bubbles are a cliff wall and in response swim away from the bubbles, towards shore. As the whales approach the shallow waters of the shore, they become beached. Unable to move; the whales are surrounded. Once surrounded on the land, people with knives go in to cut the whales veins and arteries. This cutting of the whales causes them to bleed out and eventually die. Once the whales are killed, the meat, oil, and blubber are divided up amongst all the members of the community. The families then use these whale parts in order to live for the

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