The number of 1400 dolphins killed and images of blood-red seas have sparked debate over the traditional whaling.
1400 dolphins, known as white-sided dolphin, have been killed in the Faroe Islands in a single operation, which is heavily criticized by environmental groups.
The Faroese radio and television, Kringvarp Føroya (KVF), reported that over 1400 dolphins were killed on Sunday evening in Skálafjord.
Even a former senior member of the Faroese association for whaling tells KVF that killing such a large number is too much.
It is now time to take a serious discussion about whether the hunt should be allowed, he said in a statement, according to KVF, which does not state the name of the former leading member of the association.
The environmental organization Sea Shepherd has posted video footage on Facebook of the blood-red water in the fjord, where more than 1400 dolphins were killed by men and pulled up on a beach.
The environmental group said that never before has such a large number of dolphins were killed in a single operation in the Faroe Islands.
The dolphin is a beautiful mammal that you can admire – and should not be seen being pulled up on a bloody beach, writes a critic on Facebook.
The hunt is meaningless and obviously causes great suffering to the animals. Here a limit was exceeded and a new dimension in the hunt was reached, it is stated in another criticism from the maritime protection organization OceanCare.
Whaling started in the Faroe Islands as early as the Viking Age. Humpback whales or dolphins were driven into a fjord or bay and slaughtered, after which the meat was distributed among the participants.