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Published on January 7th, 2009 | by Alex Felsinger

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Whalers Refuse Help from Sea Shepherd to Find Man Overboard

January 7th, 2009 by

After a man fell from a Japanese whaling ship into the freezing antarctic waters, the whalers have called off all operations while in search for the man’s body.

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Sea Shepherd, usually the arch nemesis of the whalers, offered to help find the body with their two small boats and helicopter, but the Japanese refused saying they would not require any help from an “eco-terrorist organization.”

Captain Paul Watson says that Sea Shepherd has ignored their request and has begun searching for the body with his two small boat crews and helicopter. He also has promised not to interfere with any Japanese operations while they search for the body.

Unfortunately Sea Shepherd will not be able to help with the search for long as they will soon depart back to port to refuel. They plan to dock in Tasmania due to its close proximity, but Japan has been petitioning Australia, Chile, and New Zealand to prevent the Steve Irwin ship from refueling.

Of course, the Japanese have an entirely different story to tell about the search for the missing whaler and say that the activists have been disrupting their search.

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Photo courtesy of Sea Shepherd.

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is primarily concerned with animal welfare, wildlife conservation, and environmental justice. As a freelance writer in San Francisco, he leads a deliberately simplistic and thrifty lifestyle, yet still can’t help gawking at the newest green gadgets and zero-emission concept cars.



  • justin

    I also know this if i am on my ship and a bottle of acid hits me or causes damage to my ship i will take that as a threat to my life and give 1 warning shot with a sniper rifle and if that dosent stop my attackers i will proceed to fire rpgs at them to defend my life. According to u.s. law i have every right to defend my proprety and my life. It also states that any one causing damage to another persons proprety is a criminal act and hitting a person with an object is assult with a weapon which are both felonies. So come get hurt if you want to attack me!

  • justin

    Ok we all know that mankind has only studied 1 percent of the worlds oceans. So its abvious that no one in the world can say that any species in the ocean is currently endangered. We can figure this out using simple math people. since we only know about 1% that must mean we dont know shit about the other 99%. Therefor a preschooler could conclude we dont know shit about the oceans. But im not saying to run out start killing animals or whales. I really want to know what the fuss is all about, i mean what the hell happened to save the crabs or the yellowfin tuna i dont understand how we can watch t.v shows like deadliest catch Millions or billions of crabs being killed and yet no crab wars. I suppose my point is what makes the whales so special and the others not so?

  • Takashi

    I have researched over many times about this “Man Over Board” claim and still dont believe a man Truly FELL overboard. Why havent the mans picture ID been showed on news, websites, or even TV??? Or the mans name? The day anything shows that pic or name, then I’ll believe the Whalers of Maru industry. But as of right now, i believe they’re lying for publicity, and they dishonor our Country.

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  • BSArtists

    SS bunch of koolaid drinkers with good intentions. But they do things like fake getting shot by the japanese for publicity. What a joke.

  • SOH

    Although I firmly believe in stopping whaling, the crew, as well as the captain of the Steve Irwin make all of us “eco-friends” look like a bunch of bumbling, whining, hippie freaks. I can no longer watch Whale Wars, as I have now found myself cheering for anything that might make the crew and captain of the Steve Irwin look even more ridiculous than they already do.

    Save the whales, but harpoon the Steve Irwin..

  • Chad

    Anne, are you Japanese or a bitter Greenpeace activist?

  • PJ

    I think we should just start harpooning sumo wrestlers and see what they think of that.

  • Alex Felsinger

    Anne,

    The Japanese do claim that the Steve Irwin was running dark. It will be interesting to see the Animal Planet footage of this situation to see who is telling the truth.

    -Alex

  • http://www.examiner.com/x-2346-NYU-Examiner NYUExaminer (Commarrah)

    I’m with Anne on this one. There is no reason (other than hostile ones) that any ship would approach another with the lights off. Besides that, how were they supposed to be helping the search without those lights? It smacks of a stunt to me and probably cost a man, whaler though he may be, his life.

  • Aaron

    There is nothing in the article to lead me to believe the SS was running dark. Anne, were you there? Why don’t you love the whales?

  • Anne

    Well considering SS drove up with all their lights off might have something to do with it. They came up to Japan’s ship with lights off then only turned on minimum lights once it was identified, then claimed they were there to help. Then they drove circles around the ship with lights off like that’s helping. They used the distress signals to locate the ship they were unable to locate otherwise. SS wasn’t there to help. Watson doesn’t care about anything but getting his propaganda in the media.

  • Jaap

    I am curious what the missing whaler (would have wanted) or his family wants. Only that should be important. International law requires ships to help in these instances.

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