This is an unfortunate story. Still, a small part of me imagines, “what if this had happened in front of the Save The Whales crowd?”
OSLO, Norway (AP) – Hunters shocked a boatload of tourists on a whale watch off Norway’s Arctic during the weekend, harpooning a whale in front of them.
About 80 tourists were aboard the trawler Reine, which was headed for areas off the Arctic Lofoten Islands known for their abundance of whales, when the incident happened on Saturday, the boat’s skipper Geir Maan said by telephone on Wednesday.
“We were on our way out to the whale watching area when we passed a whaling boat,” Maan, the boat’s skipper, told The Associated Press. Usually, whaling and tour boats maintain a distance between them.
“This time, we got close, and right when they were passing, I realized they had a minke whale in firing range,” he said.
The whaling boat fired, and Maan said he later learned through the hunters that it had made a kill in front of the tourists.
“Some were pretty upset,” he said. “Many thought it was awful to see.”