Faroe Islands


Message from the Sea

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THE STORY The Story    For more than 1,000 years, the people of the Faroe Islands have hunted pilot whales, and whale meat continues to be an important part of their diet. Yet, the islanders now face a new threat to their way of life: A landmark 20-year study of Faroese children has found that high levels of methyl mercury and other contaminants in the whale meat are harmful to a child’s neurological development.

AIRED ON PBS JUNE 26, 2007 | CHECK LISTINGS Check Listings