The Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature provided. Their land yields little, so they have always relied on harvesting their seas. Hunting pilot whales and seabirds has kept the islanders alive for generations. But today they face a grave threat to this tradition as antiwhaling groups arrive to protest. But it isn’t the controversy surrounding whaling that threatens the Faroese way of life; the danger is coming from the whales themselves. It was discovered that the whales are toxic, highly contaminated with mercury. What once secured their survival now endangers their children, and they must make a choice between health and tradition.
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