As the members of Sea Shepherd, a conservation society and anti-activist group striving to save whales, monitored whaling ships the Japanese whaling fleet takes out the Shepherd’s best feature, the fastest boat on record.
Founder and Captain Paul Watson doesn’t agree with the potential pirating tactics of the Japanese whaling fleet. Watson stated through the Sea Shepherd website in 2008 that Sir Walter Raleigh was one of the notable pirates that served the public well. Shepherd holds the same goal with legal resorts in discontinuing whale killings by the Japanese whaling fleet.
For those who do not know, Sir Walter Raleigh is a historic individual that Raleigh, North Carolina has been named after. The Sea Shepherd activists are neither “illegal” pirates nor terrorists as Captain Watson had once suggested. They seek many things as saving another life is one of them.
Sea Shepherd has a history in efforts to diverting the Japanese whaling fleet from lethal research. However, the recent news surrounding the Japanese whaling ship hitting the Ady Gil, a world record powerboat, takes matters to another level.
The Japanese whaling fleet kills and collects the fin and minke whales for research. Research that allegedly, according to Wikipedia (source listing), includes tastes found upon some Japanese plates.
Things took a serious turn over the Japanese whaling fleet and Sea Shepherd’s years of diversions, including the December military-type laser tag from the Shepherds onto the Japanese whaling fleet, the Japanese whaling fleet’s decision to provoke an iceberg chase and “spy-plane” surveillance. But when the Japanese whaling fleet destroys a record-breaking fast Sea Shepherd powerboat, Ady Gil, the Shepherds will most likely step up their game.
Prior to Impact:
Commonsense claims over the Japanese chartering spy-planes from Australia to check out the Sea Shepherd’s every move of the Steve Irwin vessel, and other anti-activist vessels, churned the waves of the Sea Shepherd efforts. The Japanese then chased the Shepherds into iceberg territory, a traveling obstacle of trapped avenues and paths as the Sea Shepherds managed to dodge any iceberg hit.
Hours later the Japanese sent the Shonan Maru on the Sea Shepherd’s tail. This is when the news of the surveillance spy-planes began to make sense as supplied by Paul Watson through Google hosted AFP News (source listing).
“We didn’t think anything of it at that time. We thought they were Australian government planes, routine,” Paul Watson, spokesperson, founder and captain on the Steve Irwin vessel continued. “And then about six hours later the Shonan Maru was on our tail so we figured out that the planes had given the locations so that the Japanese could tail us.”
It was time to send out the Bob Barker, first-time ship in honor of Bob Barker’s $5 million donation as detailed through Network National Post (source listing). The Ady Gil, a U.S. $1.5 million catamaran powerboat with a record as being the fastest circumnavigation in the world. The path they would take led to Antarctica’s Commonwealth Bay as the goal was to turn the tables and force the whalers into a chase to divert the fleet from killing whales.
When the Japanese fleet noted the Shepherd’s return, the fleet decided to take out the Ady Gil.
The Ady Gil was hit then split in half by a third of the powerboat’s measures with the bow ripped off as seen in the Japanese whaling ship vs Ady Gil YouTube video added at the bottom of this article. For another detailed article over the Aby Gil hit visit Dive Magazine (source listing).
After the Maru rammed into the Ady Gil six were rescued by the Bob Barker. The Ady Gil is an extremely well-mastered powerboat, but this world-record breaking machine fell victim to a Japanese sucker-punch on the sea. There was no comparison to size, the ship measured incredibly large, the powerboat was a speck in the sea.
The Japanese claims that they were approached first to hit them as the Maru used a water cannon upon impact. However, the fleet failed to mention the intentions surrounding the spy-plane, the previous iceberg chase, the size difference among other noted angles.
History of Sea Battle:
Sea Shepherd and the Japanese fleet has a history of waves since 2005. In 2008 stories began surfacing of two Shepherds that were from the Steve Irwin had been captured and held for days after sneaking onto the Maru. The sea battles continued. Months after, as supplied by Wikipedia (source listing), Paul Watson found a metal piece deep in his bullet proof vest during the battle between Japanese fleet as the coast guard had been involved. Little is known over where the “hit” came from. Some of which has been documented in the reality show of Animal Planet’s Whale Wars.
This has been an ongoing battle to save an evil Moby Dick in the eyes of the Japanese fleet. However, in the eyes of Sea Shepherd activists, Moby Dick will live a harmless life in the deep southern seas if no one tries to kill them.
Japanese Whaling Fleet:
The Japanese used factory ships as far back as 1930 to seek, destroy and bring home whales. In 1938 the Protocol to the International Agreement for the Regulation of Whaling established whaling restrictions. The Japanese refused to attend nor sign. It’s nothing new. The Japanese simply has made up their own rules in the game of whaling.
It is also noted that most of the Japanese public does not support whaling. Japanese whaling has fallen into the political well.
After viewing the added YouTube.com video ask yourself a question. Does it appear as if the Ady Gil approached the Japanese whaling fleet in efforts to hit the Japanese fleet first as the Japanese fleet claims?
This “fish tale” of the Japanese whaling fleet has not been the first time the Japanese fleet lied.
The Steve Irwin vessel assisted the Japanese fleet in a search for Hajime Shirasaki, 30, who was reportedly missing from the Kyoshin Maru No. 2, a whale spotting vessel. The crew of Steve Irwin believes in helping others in the same way they help the whales, all emotions aside.
Paul Watson contacted the Japanese fleet in English and Japanese since the Irwin was the only vessel with a helicopter and the only vessel in the area where the search was being conducted. The Japanese fleet replied that they did not want the help of an “eco-terrorist” organization. Watson assured that they were only there to assist in the search of the fleet’s missing man.
Current.com (source listing) supplies a detailed video.
The Steve Irwin vessel moved out of the search area.
The reports from the Japanese fleet surrounded claims that Watson only wanted to disrupt their search and harassed the fleet. And this is how far the Japanese fleet would go for one of their own. Not to mention the fibs of harassment just to divide when the efforts could have found the missing man. Something that Shirasaki family should keep in mind.
As for the Sea Shepherd’s new boat, the Ady Gil, will live on in spirit as the Sea Shepherd’s efforts will do the same. Not only will the Shepherds continue their non-pirating goals, they will strive to discontinue the pirating goals of others when it comes to harming sea life.
Sea Shepherd vs Japanese Fleet – http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hL_qBu7YIo-SC_kiFqWOeAlZv8dw
Ady Gil Hit – http://www.divemagazine.co.uk/news/article.asp?uan=5442
2008 Paul Watson – http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/editorial-081229-3.html
Japanese Whaling – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whaling_in_Japan
Bob Barker Donation – http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/posted/archive/2010/01/05/bob-barker-donates-5-million-to-sea-shepherd-for-ocean-conservation.aspx
Paul Watson – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Watson
The Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dXCR9LX-Kc
Man Overboard – http://current.com/items/90757568_lies-by-the-japanese-illegal-whalers.htm