Despite rebuke from the outside world, government of the country states that as much as it is a tense sight for outsiders, whale meat and blubber form an integral part of the national diet in the Faroe Islands. A spokesperson went as far as calling whaling a natural part of Faroese life.
Authorities emphasise how each whale provides the communities with several hundred kilos of meat and blubber, saving on the cost of importing it from abroad. It is stressed that pilot whale catches in the Faroe Islands are fully sustainable.
When whales are spotted close to land, locals enclose their boats behind and guide them to the most suitable bay to be beached and killed strategically.