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Slaughtered whales lie motionless whilst hunters await the next pod of whales during the Grind.

The Grind is a Faroese tradition dating back 1,000 years on the remote, self-governing archipelago of the Faroe islands.

The killing of pilot whales and some white-sided and bottle-nosed dolphins can happen at any time. When someone spots a pod of the mammals, none of which are on the endangered list, they alert the so-called "grind master" who starts the hunt.Locals use their power boats and jet skis to herd the animals into one of 26 bays. This herding can last as short at 30 minutes or take up to four or five hours.

Once ashore, the animals are slaughtered by hand and the water often runs red with blood as dozens of the creatures are killed. Families and children also gather to watch the hunt.

The kills are recorded and the meat is given away free to the people involved in the hunt.

Shot on location for a documentary.

The Grind - Whale Hunt - Faroe Islands 17

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