This jovial atmosphere comes about when the villagers are waiting for their share of whale meat, according to Russell Fielding, a geographer from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, who’s studied the grinds at the Faroe Islands since 2005.
“After the whales have been killed, there’s always a couple of hours when the authorities are deciding how they’re going to distribute the food, and that always takes a lot of measuring and weighing of the whales, and reviewing of the list of who got it last time,” Fielding said. “During that time, people would still be in the village, and they’d have an impromptu festival or street party.”
But the whales and dolphins don’t have anything to celebrate. While proponents of the hunt say it's a quick death, Kunneke, who’s witnessed the grindadráp on two different occasions, believes they can suffer for hours and experience a slow, painful death.