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Shocking pictures show orcas chopped up for food on a Caribbean beach after being harpooned in front of horrified cruise-goers

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Shocking pictures show orcas chopped up for food on a Caribbean beach after being harpooned in front of horrified cruise-goers

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Shocking images of two orca carcasses have emerged after they were killed

The marine mammals were harpooned in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

They were killed in front of Thomson Cruise passengers and tours have stopped 

Thomson Cruises has cancelled its whale and dolphin watching tours in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines after two orcas were killed in front of some of its passengers last week.

Shocking photographs given exclusively to MailOnline Travel show what happened after the large mammals were harpooned to death and hauled ashore.

The graphic images show fishermen butchering them, drying the flesh out before being sold for consumption and boiling the blubber down extract to oil.

Adam Gravel, who took the shots last Friday near the town of Barrouallie, says whale fishing is a big problem on the south Caribbean island, with the meat being a popular delicacy with around two-thirds of the population.

Currently whaling is still legal in the area, despite many campaigning to enforce a ban. 

One particularly distressing photo taken by Mr Gravel shows a man cutting into an orca's head. He uses a machete to strip away chunks of flesh, leaving the mammal's teeth and eyes as remains.

Mr Gravel, who runs a non-profit wildlife organisation called SalvageBlue, said he took the photos a day after the orcas were harpooned. 



Rest...PICS here

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4387408/Orcas-harpooned-Thomson-Cruises-tourists.html

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