Instead of seeing the Northern Lights, passengers on the Ambassador cruise in Iceland witnessed a slaughter of 78 sperm whales. The horrific incident occurred when the ship called at the port of Tórshavn in the Faroe Islands on 9 July and was confronted with a horrific slaughter of whales.
The moment the ship arrived in port coincided with the grindadráp, the whaling practiced in the Faroe Islands.
This practice involves local residents herding pods of whales towards the shores of predefined bays or fjords. This practice is considered cruel to animals and is feared to have harmful effects on human health. Even the local government has recognized the risk of high levels of mercury in whales, which could cause health problems for people.
The controversy over the sustainability and ethics of whaling continues to spark debate.
The cruise becomes a nightmare: the passengers witness a slaughter of whales
According to Faroese Chief Foreign Policy and Security Adviser Svein Magnason, whaling is regulated by law and organized with respect for participants' safety and animal welfare legislation.
It is considered sustainable based on scientific research and continuous monitoring. This activity has been approved by the Faroese authorities but not by the International Whaling Commission. About 950 pilot whales are killed each year, many of them during the summer.
More rarely, species such as bottlenose whales and Atlantic white-hipped dolphins are hunted. Whaling is not a commercial activity and anyone can participate. Initially the whalers hunted them aboard boats arranged in the water in a circular position.
Today the boats are arranged scattered in the bays or in the fjords. The company promptly apologized for the incident, admitting that customers witnessed a whaling hunt during their trip. An Ambassador Cruise Line spokesman expressed deep displeasure at the event, especially as it occurred while the ship was in port.
The company said: "We apologize to our customers that they may have witnessed a whaling en route. We were incredibly disappointed with this hunt. Particularly at a time when our ship was in port. We offered our sincere apologies to all who aboard may have witnessed this distressing event."