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Gruesome Faroe Islands whale cull turns the sea RED as fishermen force hundreds ashore to butcher th

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Horrific photos reveal the aftermath of a brutal killing of a pod of whales on a remote Arctic island, Mirror reported.

The animals are rounded up and slaughtered by villagers several times a year in a tradition that has caused outrage across the world.

One of these culls happens every summer where thousands of pilot and beaked whales are massacred in bays across the Danish-owned Faroe Islands as inhabitants prepare for the harsh winter months ahead.

Images show fishermen driving herds into shallow waters that have already been stained red by the blood of previously slaughtered animals.

The water is littered with dozens of corpses many of which can be seen with massive gashes on their bodies where people have hacked at them

One whale lays almost decapitated as three men drag it through the water thick with blood.

Other participants then drag the whales' bodies to the shore with ropes while bystanders watch from the beach.

The whales are killed through a spinal lance that is driven through their necks to break their spinal cords.

Cambridge University student Alastair Ward, 22, was visiting the archipelago last month to celebrate his graduation when he and a friend stumbled across the bloodbath.

He said: "We were walking round this bay when this family of locals ran over and said 'you're lucky, there's a whale coming'.

"We thought it would just be one being dragged in but more and more boats kept appearing on the horizon.

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"I couldn't believe how many whales there were. They were driving them into the bay, prodding them with their oars.

"Once they got close enough, the whole town sprinted in and started hacking at them.

"Even the children were getting involved, pulling on the ropes and jumping on the carcasses.

"We were just sat there speechless and a bit upset but you couldn't really pull yourself away."

The whole ordeal - which turned the bay in Sandav gur red with blood as more than 180 whales were cut apart - lasted around an hour-and-a-half.

Children as young as five were snapped lending a hand, using hooked ropes to pull in the highly intelligent marine mammals and then jumping on the carcasses.

My view: Horrible to watch, it's so cruel and gruesome.