In a bizarrely cruel story, Caribbean 360 just covered the slaughter witnessed by cruise passengers from what has been described as the Thomson (TUI) Discovery cruise ship of two orca whales in the waters of St. Vincent.
Whale watching tours conducted by the St. Vincent Fantasea excursion company involving passengers from the TUI cruise ship initially delighted the cruise guests when they were directed to the sight of a pod of four orcas (commonly known as "killer whales"). But the cruise excursion turned into a "bloody tragedy" as fishermen slaughtered two of the whales off of the coast of St. Vincent.
The article says that cruise guests were "visibly shaken and many were crying" after fishermen on a boat, equipped with a shotgun-harpoon device mounted on its the bow, blasted the orcas while they swam in the waters before cruise passengers enjoying their excursion.
Commentators say that while whaling remains a legal practice in St. Vincent, there is nothing traditional about people in speedboats using guns to kill whales.
The orcas were them chopped up, fried and sold to locals on the beach.
The horrific spectacle reminds me of the disgusting whale slaughter In the Faroe Islands which I have written about extensively.
St. Vincent has a despicable history of killing humpback whales and marketing the meat as "Caribbean beef." St. Vincent receives aid from Japan and votes with Japan at the International Whaling Commission to continue whaling.
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Photo credit: Caribbean 360 - top; Adam Gravel via Daily Mail - bottom.