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This absolutely stunning painting by Mike Young is entitled 'Grindarap' and is being sold to raise money for Sea Shepherd UK, the marine wildlife conservation charity made famous in the TV series 'Whale Wars'.
About the Painting
This acrylic painting is 65cm x 55cm and all the proceeds from the sale will go directly towards funding Sea Shepherd UK's campaigns to defend marine wildlife in the UK, and around the world.
On the reverse of the painting, the artist, professional surfer Mike Young has inscribed the following:
"GRINDARAP - A Barbaric and needless hunt & killing of pilot whales & dolphins in the Faroe Islands" Mike Young
About the Grindarap
Every year in the Faroe Islands, an archipelago just 230 miles north-west of mainland Scotland – entire pods of small cetaceans, primarily long finned pilot whales and Atlantic white-sided dolphins are massacred in drive hunts called ‘grindadráp’ in Faroese.
The grindadráp (or ‘grind’ as the hunts are commonly called) can happen at any time at any one of the 26 designated killing bays around the islands, with the majority of the hunts statistically occurring between July and September and an average of 1156 pilot whales and dolphins killed each and every year over the past 40-year period. The grindadráp unlike most regulated (yet still unnecessary) hunts has no season, no quota and the Faroese rarely do not authorize a hunt when a pod is spotted, unless the weather or sea conditions are too hazardous for their boats.
Sea Shepherd was first activist group in the Faroes in 1983, with further direct-action campaigns in 1985, 1986, 2000, 2011, 2014 and 2015. Then due to vessel restrictions directed at Sea Shepherd as well as new Faroese legislation preventing interventions from any activists against the grindadrap - Sea Shepherd UK launched ‘Operation Bloody Fjords’ with land-based crew being sent to the islands every year since 2017 to investigate, document and expose the barbaric hunts to the world to bring pressure on the Faroese to end the grindadráp.
About The Artist
Originally from South Africa, but now a British citizen surf coach Mike is one of the most experienced surfers and coaches in Newquay, if not the whole of the UK. As well as surfing for fun, he has made a living surfing professionally all over the world and has competed in many WQS events over the years.
After surfing and coaching around the world and in Europe, Mike moved to the UK in 2001 and set up Escape Surf School.