“There is a standard method that people are taught to deploy, but there are lots of cases where the standard method did not work, and the whales did end up taking longer to have their suffering ended than anyone would have liked,” Fielding said. “There are professional biologists and veterinarians in the Faroes who are constantly trying to work out new methods to try and solve that problem. It’s definitely seen as a problem, and they want to kill the animals as quickly as they can."
After their spines have been severed, people start cutting out the animals’ intestines so a buildup of gas doesn’t make their bodies explode. Sometimes, an unborn baby will fall out of a mother whale’s womb, along with her intestines.
The whales and dolphins aren't always fully dead when people cut them open, according to Kunneke.
“These animals suffer,” she said. “They [the Faroese people] will try and tell you that they don’t suffer, but they suffer.”