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the day I saw the sea turn RED
The sight of 140 whales jumping, twisting and splashing across a sunny cove was something I’ll never forget.
You could take hundreds of normal whale-watching trips all over the world and never see anything like it.
Yet what should have been a glorious glimpse of a great natural phenomenon became a shocking bloodbath.
For that huge family of Pilot Whales was heading for certain and gruesome death on a small beach in the Faroes.
As a professional travel writer I was visiting the Faroe Islands – a group of tiny specks on the map between Scotland and Iceland – to research articles about holidays there.
On a previous visit I’d found the people friendly, cultured and with a very high standard of living. Their mountainous islands are clean, green and wonderfully scenic. I loved it there. Read the other pieces on this website to catch a feel of visiting the Faroes.
There hasn’t been a murder for 15 years and the Prime Minister works in a painted wooden shed on the
Simon Heptinstall found a whale slaughter happening in the Faroe Islands
Faroese youngsters joined in
to help kill the whales on the beach
harbourside with grass growing on the roof of his offices.
In the rest of the world, the Faroes are famous for two things – the heroic exploits of their part-time football team and the fact that they eat whales.
Ironically it was five minutes after the final whistle of another brave performance on the football field, a plucky defeat in Scotland, that I spotted something very unusual happening...