“They are smaller, and the amount of meat for the drive is not that big, so it’s nothing to use energy and time on’ he said, adding: of the big kill: “You can say that over generally no one was happy about this.”
About 265 white-sided dolphins are hunted year, he said, and about 130,000 dolphins remain in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean region. An average of 600 whales are caught each year out of An population of about 100,000 around the islands, according to the Faroe Islands government.
Sea Shepherd criticized the yacht as being called without proper authority, saying that: participants did not have a license to quickly kill the dolphins, as would usually be done. The group also said images of the dolphins suggested that the animals had been run over by motor boats.
Jens Jensen, a district sheriff for the region, said his permission of the hunt was postponed because he was out walking in the mountains. He said that given the large number of dolphins involved, he had the use of knives — which do not require a license — to more fast kill them.
The hunters on Sunday was looking for whales, Mr. Jensen said, and when they saw the pod they initially thought it was 200 to 300 animals. They decided to drive them to a bay at Skalabotnur, he said, noting that it was difficult to measure the size in to guess of pods during a hunt.
“When they thought it was over 1,000, they stopped killing the dolphins,” he said.
But critics said that while the local hunt for meat remains up for debate among anthropologists, Sunday killing was an outrage.
“This atrocity requires our voices to be raised in protest,” Barbara J. King, anthropologist and emeritus professor of anthropology at the university of applied sciences of William and Mary, said on Twitter. “This is not a local custom and it is not just an error” of Scale. The devastation to #dolphin families is and will be immense.”
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