You see, the crews of both types of vessel have the same knowledge, information and occasional hunches about where the whale pods can be found each day. I can only assume that some kind of agreement is in place that prevents nightmarish situations arising: whales being caught and dragged on board hunting boats before the horrified eyes of hundreds of tourists who have paid to watch whales swimming and playing in their local waters.
People want to see this... but too bad for us, we didn't! (credit: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/were-aiming-for-100000-signatures-against-whaling-in-iceland-will-you-join-us/)
Nobody wants to witness this (credit:
According to the Icewhale website (see link below), 80% of minke whales killed in Iceland are harpooned near the whale-watching area in Faxaflói Bay, just outside Reykjavík... meaning that these whales will never be seen again by people going whale-watching.
The “Meet us, don’t eat us” campaign is a joint project between IFAW and IceWhale (the Icelandic Whale Watching Association) http://icewhale.is/about-icewhale/ to spread the message that the positive and sustainable way to enjoy whales in Iceland is to take a whale-watching trip.