Last year’s grinds were particularly brutal — Faroese hunters killed 1,691 dolphins and pilot whales in 24 grindadráp hunts. This year, there have been 10 grinds so far that have taken the lives of 606 animals, including 561 pilot whales and 46 Atlantic white-sided dolphins. Read explained that the number of whales or dolphins killed each year simply relies on how many pass by the islands.
“There are no quotas,” Read said. “If 3,000 whales swam past the Faroe Islands one year, then 3,000 would be killed if the weather was good enough to take out boats. They literally never stop the hunts from happening unless there are just a handful of [whale and dolphin] individuals, or the weather is too bad to take the boats out. They take every opportunity given to them.”