09 Jul '11, 12pm
For a Price, Tourists in Iceland Follow Whalers Harpooning Whales
I'll never forget when I was a child and we went whale watching in Hawaii. The shear magnitude and grace of these gigantic creatures was indescribable. It was the first time I became aware of the vastness of the ocean and all the glorious creatures it housed. Tourism can be a great way to reconnect with nature and remember why you care so much about preserving it. And tourism can also illustrate instances of blatant irresponsibility. But in Iceland the problem goes far beyond irresponsibility, it's downright brutal. Last week marked the launch of Whale Watching With Whalers , a four hour tour which allows tourists not only to come along to watch minke whales being harpooned but then to sample the grilled whale afterwards.