28: Faroe Islands - North Atlantic - Worldwide with Wee-Cheng - BootsnAll.com
: "The Faroes are also famous for the grindadrap, the ancient Faroese method of driving whole schools of pilot whales into shallow bays, inserting steel gaffes into their blowpipes
incorrect - you cut the spinal cord a hands breadth from the blow hole
and then massacring them using long knives and machetes. This ancient custom has been condemned by many environmentalists as cruel, and by those who believe that whales are endangered. Many are also shocked by pictures of the grindadrap, which is always accompanied by a lot of blood, staining entire bays of water bright red. "
or put a spear into their hearts by the ribs
BOTH give quick deaths - but inexperienced hunters mess up, and end up bleeding the whales to death by clumsy and ineffective multiple wounds.
Puncturing the lungs is to be avoided too.
the Faroese argue that pilot whales are not endangered (800,000 of them in the North Atlantic), and their method is the most humane way of killing such huge creatures. Besides, the Faroese have been eating pilot whales for a whole millennium, and these account for 15% of the meat the islanders consume. The grindadrap is also a communal activity rather than a commercial venture, one that involves entire communities, and the meat harvested is shared by the local people. It is a part of old Faroese culture, an activity that is celebrated by numerous paintings and public art I saw on the islands.
I won't say that the Faroes are a gastronomical heaven, although they do have some interesting dishes. They love seabirds, especially puffins and sea gull-related birds like fulmar and guillemots. Unfortunately, the restaurants don't necessary have them all the time. The islanders tend to have them at homes. In fact, a tour guide told me that to sample these dishes, one need to put in a bit of effort: Get dressed, go to a disco and get to know a local girl. Then you get more than just Faroese food. You get bed and breakfast.
from Worldwide with Tan Wee-Cheng