TUI Discovery Cancels Saint Vincent Tours After Slaughter of Killer Whales

By ,   April 7, 2017 ,   Cruise Industry

On the heels of horrified cruise passengers witnessing the killing of a couple of orcas in Vincentian waters, a ship has taken action in protest of the age old tradition.

TUI Discovery stopped short of pulling out of the destination, but has cancelled all its whale and dolphin watching tours.

A crew member on one of the two Fantasea tours on a whale and dolphin excursion, Ken Issacs, told an online news media that the rare sighting of a pod of 4 orca whales (aka killer whales) turned into a bloody tragedy as whalers slaughtered 2 of the animals just off the Leeward coast. The whaling boat had a harpoon mounted on the bow, and carried 3 fishermen.

As he realized that the men were taking aim at an orca, he shouted to them to leave it alone, but was immediately dismissed.

Issacs then instructed the boat's captain to go over to where the large killer whale was, but as they turned away the fishermen shot the first orca whale.

Issacs recounted hearing a loud explosion as the spear hit the whale.

Guests were visibly shaken, many of them crying, even as they returned to shore in Kingstown.

Issacs was angered by the incident and lamented that while whaling remains a legal practice in St Vincent, there was nothing traditional about people in speedboats using spear guns to kill whales.

He urged the government to ban whaling and instead develop a commercial market for whale watching.