Presenters  |  Jan 23, 2020

Stacey Dooley Investigates: The Whale Hunters

Stacey Dooley investigates the world of whale hunting in her latest documentary for BBC Three. The tradition of Whaling has made global news as whaling countries defy international pressure to ban the practice. 

Firstly, she heads to Norway, the world’s biggest commercial whaling nation. From the Lofoten Islands, off the country’s northern coast Stacey joins skipper Bjorn and his crew on a Minke whale hunt out to the Arctic Circle to fulfil an order from a local factory, each Minke whale is worth around £7,000.

Stacey also travels to the Faroe Islands in the North Atlantic. The Faroese drive pods of pilot whales and white-sided dolphins to designated bays where they’re slaughtered by hand. In this 1,000-year-old tradition known as the Grind; the meat is not sold but given free to those involved in the hunt.

Stacey Dooley Investigates: The Whale Hunters is available to watch now.