Sea turns red as dozens of whales slaughtered in century-old tradition

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SHOCKING photos show the sea turn red with blood as dozens of whales are slaughtered in the Faroe Islands.

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The whales were victims of a hunt which sees fishermen slaughter dozens of pilot whales for their meat as part of a century-old tradition.

Gruesome images show the defenceless whales lining the beach after being cut up and dragged to the shore in Torshavn, Faroe Islands.

The whale hunt is a century-old tradition on the islands and villagers watched on as the slaughter took place on Tuesday.

Villagers consume the meat and blubber by boiling it or serving it up as steak.

Sea turns red as dozens of whales slaughtered in century-old tradition

TRADITION: Whales are carved up for their meat and blubber (Pic: AFP/GETTY)

Sea turns red as dozens of whales slaughtered in century-old tradition

SHOCKING: Dozens of whales were slaughtered in the hunt (Pic: AFP/Getty)

The pilot whales had been swimming through the shores of the remote islands off the coast of Iceland before fishermen surrounded the mammals in boats.

They were then herded towards shallow water near the beach where they were cut up.

Images show the fishermen wading around the dead carcasses as the whales are hauled to the shore. Close to 100,000 pilot whales swim near to the Faroe Islands every year while migrating.

It is thought that around 800 whales are killed in the annual hunt.

Sea turns red as dozens of whales slaughtered in century-old tradition

GRUESOME: Sea turned red as the whales were cut up (Pic: AFP/Getty)

Sea turns red as dozens of whales slaughtered in century-old tradition

CRUEL: Blue Planet Society says hunt is inhumane (Pic: AFP/Getty)

“Around 130-150 pilot whales and 10-20 white-sided dolphins were brutally and cruelly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands today”

The Blue Planet Society

Pilot whaling is subject to Faroese legislation. All hunters must have a hunting license.

The Blue Planet Society slammed the slaughter and said the animals had been “brutally and cruelly slaughtered”.

They wrote in a statement: “Around 130-150 pilot whales and 10-20 white-sided dolphins were brutally and cruelly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands today.

“Approximately 500 cetaceans have now been killed ‘for food’ in these islands since the beginning of 2019.

“The Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark (an EU country). Both pilot whales and white-sided dolphins are protected in the EU.”

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