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'It Was A Big Mistake': 1,400 Dolphins Slaughtered During A Faroe Islands' Recording-Breaking Hunt

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Sea mammals are always brutally killed in the Faroe Islands’ annual tradition of the “grind” – but 1,428 of the white-sided dolphins died in this year’s hunt, more than seven times the anticipated number.

The chairman of the Faroese Whalers Association, Olavur Sjurdarberg, even admitted to the BBC that too many dolphins were slaughtered on Sunday.

He said: “It was a big mistake. When the pod was found, they estimated it to be only 200 dolphins.”

Although he did not take part in the hunt, Sjurdarberg said it was only once the killing started that the real size of the pod was revealed.

He added: “Somebody should have known better. Most people are in shock about what happened.”

What is the “grind” hunt?

The grind – known as the Grindadrap in Faroese – is when licensed hunters drive the dolphins into a narrow body of water near shore ever year before killing the animals with knives.

Their bodies are then........

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