Canadian Rocker Protects Humpback Whale

A humpback whale.

A humpback whale.

The news stories about people protecting animals are often the most heart-warming.

Canadian rock star Bryan Adams recently saved the life of a whale. Adams, who owns property on Mustique, a private island in the Caribbean’s Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, spotted the humpback whale offshore. It was swimming in the 1,000-metre conservation zone that surrounds the island but this didn’t stop people from trying to hurt it.

“I was witness to a whaleboat and speed boats corralling a whale; several boats going around and hurting it. I saw it first-hand… and I got out on my paddleboard, and I was in between the whale and the hunter,” Adams told his local newspaper Searchlight.

“I was there on a peaceful mission,” he added about the incident two weeks ago. “It was big sea, the moment may have been lost. But the whale was beside me for a moment and it was gone.”

Bryan Adams.

Bryan Adams.

Adams interfered enough in the hunt long enough for Island’s security to arrive and tell the whalers to leave. We here at SeaLuxe wonder why the hunters weren’t charged, seeing how the whale was in a protected area. Adams believes the collection of islands should shift away from whale hunting to whale watching.

He is the co-founder and chairman of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Environment Fund (SCGEF).

“I want people to come to SVG and see how beautiful the environment here is,” Adams said. “It is so broad and beautiful and rare. Eco-tourism should be the focus of the future as it is much more viable… Tourists would be horrified if they see [whaling] going on.”

Culture or tradition is constantly being used as an excuse for animal cruelty and human rights abuse. It would be great if humans could place less importance on past practices and focus more on the practice of compassion and conservation.