Pilot whales live in groups of 10–30, but some groups may be composed by 100 or more individuals.. The pods are highly stable and the members have close matrilineal relationships. They have been observed making various kin-directed behaviors, such as providing food. Numerous pods will temporarily gather, perhaps to allow individuals from different pods to interact and mate, as well as provide protection.
Pilot whales have one of the longest birth intervals of the cetaceans, calving once every three to five years. Most matings and calvings occur during the summer for long-finned pilot whales. The calf nurses for three years, although lactation usually lasts longer, allowing for extensive mother-calf bonds. Postreproductive females possibly play important roles in the survival of the young.Postreproductive females will continue to lactate and nurse young. Since they can no longer bear young of their own, these females invest in the current young.
Imagine how terrible must be for those animals to live the hunt experience, to be killed all together one by one with their calves, to hear them screaming, to swim in their own blood.
Nothing can justify this cruel tradition, in 2016 we beleive that Faroese population can find a different way to provide themselves food.
Pilot whales must be protected, therefore we invite you to send a letter of protest to the Faroese and Danish Governement in order to stop this cruel and brutal tradition.
click here: http://www.oipa.org/international/appeal-to-the-faroes-and-danish-governments-stop-the-grindagrap/
Hereby to express my deepest indignation for the violence perpetrate against the pilot whales in Faroes Islands during the Grindadrap.
Pilot whales are wonderful wild animals, and they need to live freely in the ocean, to be protected and not slaughtered. Hunt them and killing so many animals with this cruelty, does not consider the importance of this endangered animals’ lives, and of their role in the environment balance. Personally, I will not visit Denmark, and I will ask all my acquaintances to do the same, until this situation will be solved.
The long-finned pilot whale passes through Faroes waters on an annual migration route to feed in Arctic waters. A single grind can completely decimate, and sometimes completely eradicate, an entire pod. This slaughter occurs in, and around, Danish territorial lands.
The Faroe Islanders, who are Danish nationals, deliberately kill protected species that are listed under Appendix II of the Berne Convention, to which Denmark is a signatory state.
I ask to the Faroe and Danish Government to stop this unnecessary and cruel tradition and to respect the Berne Convention, which protects those animals.