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Reflections On Operation Sleppid Grindini

By Captain Wyanda Lublink of the Brigitte Bardot

Capt. Lublink of the Brigitte Bardot. Photo: Victoria SalançonCapt. Lublink of the Brigitte Bardot.
Photo: Victoria Salançon
Last week, my crew and I arrived safely in Bremen, Germany, where there were over one hundred Sea Shepherd supporters to welcome us back to land. It was overwhelming to see so much support especially knowing the battle for the pilot whales is not over yet.

Since June, 490 pilot whales have been senselessly slaughtered in the Faroe Islands. A further two bottlenose whales, and a number of unborn calves have also been killed. My crew and I were there to witness the majority of these slaughters. I know animal cruelty is never a nice sight, but the reality of the grindadráp was beyond what I could ever have imagined.

Through all this horror, my crew stood tall and kept their heads high.

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Day 7 In The Faroe Islands

By Ross McCall

Operation Sleppid Grindini Co-Campaign Leader, Ross McCall, in the Faroe Islands. Photo: Oden RobertsOperation Sleppid Grindini Co-Campaign Leader, Ross McCall, in the Faroe Islands.
Photo: Oden Roberts
The Faroe Islands are a magnificent spectacle. A land seeped in historical splendor and saturated in strict cultural traditions. If there was one way to describe these shores, it would be, breathtaking.

If I were to describe how I was feeling right now, it would be easy. Confused. It’s strange to say that. It’s not something I’m accustomed to. I don’t think the Faroese are violent people. But I truly believe that the exhausted tradition of the grindadráp, is perhaps, nothing more than an act of extreme, legal violence. I can’t see it being any other way. And believe me, I’ve looked.

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Blackjack on the Arctic Circle

By Captain Lockhart MacLean

The Libra and Priboy, now tied together, for the transshipment operation. Photo: Enric GenerThe Libra and Priboy, now tied together, for the transshipment operation. Photo: Enric GenerOn July 6 1994, the Norwegian Coast Guard Vessel, K/V Andenes, rammed the Sea Shepherd ship, M/Y Whales Forever. On the night of July 3 2015, twenty-one years after the incident, the Andenes and the Sea Shepherd ship, M/V Sam Simon, cooperated to investigate a fleet of Russian fishing trawlers off the coast of Norway.

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The Hvannasund Grind

By Captain of the Brigitte Bardot, Wyanda Lublink of The Netherlands

Captain Wyanda Lublink of the Brigitte BardotCaptain Wyanda Lublink of the Brigitte BardotThis morning I woke up early. The morning feels different. It is only 0500, the sun is already shining and the waters are calm around the Faroes Islands. My gut feeling says this is not going to be a good day for the whales and dolphins. Unfortunately, my gut is right.

At 0745, we are harassed by a local fishing vessel. We are going south in one of the beautiful fjords when a local boat starts to overtake on the Bardot’s port side. The name of the vessel is Bjorgfin. The vessel gets so close that I can clearly see there is only one man in the wheelhouse. He matches speed and stays on our port side for a while. He maneuvers his boat extremely close to ours. There is less than 10 meters between him and me. The fjord is over one mile wide so there is really no need to be so close to us.

Read more: The Hvannasund Grind

First Days In The Faroe Islands

By Rosie Kunneke, Land Team Leader

Capt. Wyanda Lublink, Land Team Leader Rosie Kunneke and volunteers Nils and Nathalie review the day’s plans. Photo: Alexandra BennaceurCapt. Wyanda Lublink, Land Team Leader Rosie Kunneke and volunteers Nils and Nathalie review the day’s plans. Photo: Alexandra BennaceurThe Operation Sleppid Grindini land crew arrived at the Faroe Islands on 15 June, and immediately commenced daily patrols of the coastline.

The first week on the Islands consisted of numerous meetings with the local police, a group of Faroese and Danish police (referred to as the dialogue group), the Chief Criminal Investigator and the Deputy Chief Prosecutor. These meetings were called to inform us of the new grind law that has been passed through parliament.

Read more: First Days In The Faroe Islands

 
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