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Day 7 In The Faroe Islands

By Ross McCall

Operation Sleppid Grindini Co-Campaign Leader, Ross McCall, in the Faroe Islands. Photo: Oden RobertsOperation Sleppid Grindini Co-Campaign Leader, Ross McCall, in the Faroe Islands.
Photo: Oden Roberts
The Faroe Islands are a magnificent spectacle. A land steeped in historical splendor and saturated in strict cultural traditions. If there was one word to describe these shores, it would be “breath-taking.”

If would be easy to describe how I am feeling right now – confused. It’s strange to say that; it’s not something I’m accustomed to. I don’t think the Faroese are violent people. But I truly believe that the exhausted tradition of the grindadráp is, perhaps, nothing more than an act of extreme, legal violence. I can’t see it being any other way. And believe me, I’ve looked.

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The Hvannasund Grind

By Captain of the Brigitte Bardot, Wyanda Lublink of The Netherlands

Captain Wyanda Lublink of the Brigitte BardotCaptain Wyanda Lublink of the Brigitte BardotThis morning I woke up early. The morning feels different. It is only 0500, the sun is already shining and the waters are calm around the Faroes Islands. My gut feeling says this is not going to be a good day for the whales and dolphins. Unfortunately, my gut is right.

At 0745, we are harassed by a local fishing vessel. We are going south in one of the beautiful fjords when a local boat starts to overtake on the Bardot’s port side. The name of the vessel is Bjorgfin. The vessel gets so close that I can clearly see there is only one man in the wheelhouse. He matches speed and stays on our port side for a while. He maneuvers his boat extremely close to ours. There is less than 10 meters between him and me. The fjord is over one mile wide so there is really no need to be so close to us.

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First Days In The Faroe Islands

By Rosie Kunneke, Land Team Leader

Capt. Wyanda Lublink, Land Team Leader Rosie Kunneke and volunteers Nils and Nathalie review the day’s plans. Photo: Alexandra BennaceurCapt. Wyanda Lublink, Land Team Leader Rosie Kunneke and volunteers Nils and Nathalie review the day’s plans. Photo: Alexandra BennaceurThe Operation Sleppid Grindini land crew arrived at the Faroe Islands on 15 June, and immediately commenced daily patrols of the coastline.

The first week on the Islands consisted of numerous meetings with the local police, a group of Faroese and Danish police (referred to as the dialogue group), the Chief Criminal Investigator and the Deputy Chief Prosecutor. These meetings were called to inform us of the new grind law that has been passed through parliament.

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