Danish police says Copenhagen’s famed Little Mermaid statue was found doused with red paint Tuesday.

On the ground before the statue was written in the red “Denmark defend the whales of the Faeroe Islands.” Danish media say that likely was a reference to the annual pilot whales drive in the North Atlantic islands during the summer months.

Islanders are allowed to drive herds of pilot whales into shallow waters, where they are stabbed to death. The meat and blubber eventually are shared.

The Little Mermaid was created in tribute to the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Sitting on a rock at the entrance of the Copenhagen harbor since 1913, she also been a popular target for vandals, who have blown her off her perch, beheaded her, and painted her.

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