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Published on January 6th, 2010 | by Timothy B. Hurst

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Japanese Whalers Sink Sea Shepherd's $2 Million New Boat [Photos]

January 6th, 2010 by

All six crew on board the Ady Gil, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s high-speed intercepting vessel, are safe, but the fate of the boat is in doubt after a collision with a Japanese harpoon vessel left it disabled off the coast of Antarctica.

Anti-whaling activists, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, made famous in the Animal Planet television program, Whale Wars, have requested the Australian Navy send a vessel to their location in the Southern Ocean after the Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru 2 reportedly struck and sunk the radical conservation group’s new $2 million speed boat, the Ady Gil.

“It cut eight feet off the front of the vessel,” said Capt. Paul Watson, who was aboard the group’s flagship Steve Irwin, several hundred kilometers away at the time of the collision. “There is a big gaping hole, so it can’t go anywhere or it would fill up with water,” added Watson.

Sea Shepherd claims the Ady Gil was trying to get out of the way of the Japanese vessel, while the Japanese have accused the protesters of causing the collision. Jeff Hansen, Australian director of Sea Shepherd, said the Ady Gil had come to a stop in front of the Shonan Maru 2 vessel. [Note: video of the collision has now been released by the Institute for Cetacean Research].

“Everyone aboard is safe, we’ve managed to get everyone off and they’re ok. We have it all on film and we’re getting onto all the authorities at the moment,” Hansen told the Herald Sun.

The Japanese video shows the Ady Gil chasing the Japanese vessel and passing in front of it to release a prop-fouling rope rope. The boat disappears from the camera’s view before coming back into the frame. Japanese claim the collision was provoked by several hours of provocation at the hands of the Ady Gil and that the Sea Shepherds were the aggressors. [Article continues with photo gallery on page 2]

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  • Joe Wilson

    No McAteer which side of the debate that you are on one thing is clear. The premeditated actions that Paul Watson and his crews take when they illegally board vessels, cause damage to them and threaten their crews are illegal acts. They justify it by stating that halving s illegal, the Japaneese leet is using a loophole but it is I’ll egalitarian. Attacking foreign flagged hips the way Watson does is not legal under any legal standing.

    If ths occurred off the last of Afica and someone attempted o illegal lard or detain a vessel it s called piracy and is delt with in at least some cases with a 50 caliber Barrett rifle.

    Watson needs to be prosecuted for his crimes and if he or his boats attack (they cal it attacks) a boat the vessel has the right o defend itself, under Jaimie law that includes sinking the aggressor.

    • Joe Wilson

      Sorry for typos, rocking ship. Yes I’m watching Watson.

  • ravens

    LOL thank god. I kept wondering why doesn’t somebody just sink their boat. I mean if they continue to cause a loss of profits to various company’s. It should be decided to take permanent action against them. Its about time somebody finally sunk these idiots ship. Personally if I had a Japanese whaling boat I would have it armed to the teeth and when these retards showed up tried to freaking board me. As soon as the whale wars crew took any action, from throwing a stink bomb to blocking our route I would order the sinking of there ship. It would be perfectly viable because I would take there action as an attack. In order to protect my ship and the company’s profits I would sink their ship. In order to minimalise casualty’s I would in return board their ship force them to surrender at gun point. Put them in a life boat and destroy there ship.

  • zamson

    I’m not saying that I am pro-whaling, but I wonder what people would think if a Japanese group started interfering with American oil tankers, commercial fisheries, etc in international waters because they deemed it ‘inhumane’ or ‘damaging to the ecosystem’. The level of arrogance is almost comical. If they want to disrupt another nation’s practices then they better be prepared to face whatever consequences come with it and not bitch about it. I commend them for acting on their beliefs, but at the same time I have no sympathy for them when they get crashed into and shot at. I’d do the same damn thing if somebody was interfering with my business like that.

    • http://zacharyshahan.com Zachary Shahan

      well, it’s not just about beliefs. these whalers are violating international law.

      • zamson

        They’re taking advantage of a loophole in international law, not violating it. Maybe the anti-whaling advocates should focus their efforts at changing the law rather than attacking companies that are, by law, operating within their rights.

        • http://zacharyshahan.com Zachary Shahan

          that’s quite debatable

  • http://Web Sinepari

    Good! Lucky the JDF doesn’t send a ship to sink the Sea Shepherd. Americans need to learn to mind their own business all over the world! Oh by the way Green is BS!

    • http://landboundisland.com Barbara Alsop

      Very informed comment……. not……. It isn ‘t just Americans you short sighted person.. it is basically the whole of the world… but keep on going….. it just makes everyone else treat you with the contempt you deserve.

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  • http://Web Laughing

    The Hypocracy of the anti whaling loby make me laugh ,Every time you eat fish ,tuna ,sardines ,cod etc you are suporting a slaughter far greater than any whaling operation does.

    Europe and North america (Usa and Canada)have sucessfully decimated their fish stocks by basically raping the sea, Australia and Newzealand have had to cut the qoutas by more than 50% because of this behaviour . Trawl fishing is the most destrutive form of fishing there is we kill these fish in there hundreds of millions every year. Fishing vessels dump thousands of tonnes of dead fish every day because they are not the target species.

    People get caught up in the emotional BS that surounds whaling what we the so called “Civilised West” do is a hundred times worse than the japanese whaling.

    Remove the plank from your own eye befor you attempt to remove the splinter from anothers eye.

  • http://Web Mike Goodwin

    Are you lot actually in favour of killing whales? Reading the comments here it seems that you are!

    Personally, the only shame I find in all of this is that the governments and navies of the world can’t deal with the whalers. It’s not the job of civilians to do a military job. What a pity that the ‘pirates’ have more guts than politicians and the armed forces. What the Japanese are doing is illegal. To call their activities ‘research’ is simply ridiculous. The only reason they are allowed to get away with their crimes is because the world is frightened of the economic consequences of opposing them.

    To call the whalers ‘fishermen’ is also ridiculous. Whales are mammals, not fish, and I’ve never seen anyone fish with an explosive harpoon. It’s more usual to use either a net or a line and hook.

  • Ron

    Bio diesel is made from veggie oil not ethonal . The protesters need to use pulse sonar and chase the whales away. That prevents them from killing the whale and both crews go home. Pulse sonar scares the (;://: out of whales navy tried and true.:)

  • Al Rodriguez

    Great! At least now the Ady Gil will not keep burning up bio-diesel, and that corn can be used instead to feed hungry human beings instead of fueling eco terrorist vessels! For all of Pete Bethune's bravado on camera, he sang like a canary in Japanese custody, and went home yelping like a beaten dog with his tail between his legs!

    I wonder why some aging Japanese WWII pilots don't get back on their Zeros, and place a couple of well aimed torpedoes….that will put a permanent end to this eco terrorist nuisance!

  • Mighty Biffer

    This may be the best thing I have seen on the net in a long time! Too bad the ship didn't actually go down.

  • Loebuck

    Glad to see the Japanese fisherman win one. The Sea Shepard's group are a bunch of jerks with too much time and money. Maybe they need to get a real job and produce for the poor if they feel compelled to poke their noses in someone else's business

  • Mike N

    That's what you get for speeding in front of a boat ten times your size. The only sympathy i feel is for endangered whales, not this reckless ridiculous captains. They need their lessons revoked. All of them (Sea Shepard's) Don't be surprised if it goes from ramming to fully automatic weapons.

    P.S Capt. Paul Watson is reckless and insane and has no business on the open sea.

  • christianecon

    Wow, how disturbing to come on here and actually see people criticizing or trying to argue against the Sea Shepherd's efforts, even angrily. The consrvationists will likely win this war eventually, for the same reasons democracy evolved, slavery in the U.S. was ended, women got the vote, civil rights evolved, etc. It's amazing so many of you lack human empathy for these intelligent, highly social animals. I'm sorry you were likely abused as children (something very abusive happened to you), but you shouldn't take it out on whales.

  • Tom Masters

    Go park your car in front of a train and see how fast it stops. They knew what they were doing and got their bluff called. They should have come around and finished the job.

  • Kerry

    I only watch the show to laugh at the stupidity of the environmentalist idiots and the their feeble attempts to police the high seas. Who are they to be the policemen of the world. The day the Steve Irwin gets sunk is a day I look forward to…Bunch of liars and terrorists.

    • http://Web JHNichols

      I want to see them ‘police’ the waters off of Somilia. They could put that one on pay-per-view.

  • @lermario

    now if we could just sink thie eco-terrorist while on board and send them to davy jones locker that would be fantastic.

  • Lou

    I think its disgusting that these Japanese whalers are getting away with whaling. It takes allot of courage to go out to sea to fight these pathetic whalers. Its illegal what they are doing and someone needs to hold them accountable.

    I applaud Sea Shepard for their efforts. Too bad these idiots writing these negative comments are not witnessing the horrible events that are taking place first hand to give them the sense of how wrong this is. It didnt look like the ship stopped in front of the ship, it was clearly steered into.

    We need more Shepards in the world!

    • http://s181454115.onlinehome.us Erik

      in actuality, the only “sad” thing here is that you’ve swallowed watsons lies and are now parroting them to the world. You haven’t bothered to actually go read what the IWC does, and does not allow have you?
      Did you know that the IWC is the ONLY organization recognized by the UN for all matters on whaling? You haven’t bothered to see just what the IWC is about? nope, you’ve simply accepted watsons word as law. How about you going in and reading up on the “laws” watson progesses to enforce. Then come back here and tell me and everyone else
      1. The LAW, as written showing offenses
      2. The penalties for each type of infraction
      3. The court having jurisdiction over the area(s) involved
      4. Once you’ve done so, show me the letter of empowerment that the AHJ gave to watson making him the sheriff, judge, jury, and executioner over ANYTHING, let alone a sovereign nations vessels.

      I’ll wait,..
      I’ll be laughing..but I’ll wait.

  • ugk

    The Sea Shepherd are a bunch of parasites.
    I am mostly vegan in my diet, so i wont approve of whaling. But then again i dont approve of livestock industry for meat and dairy either.
    Why dont these Shepherd ram trucks into livestock houses in their own nations?

  • keith krupp

    Why a “bat boat”? It must of made it cost much more! It’s silly. Quit wasting valuable dollars for toys!

    • http://Web Rick

      The “Bat Boat” as you call it was designed as a world class speed boat that had been used by its prior owner to try to set the world record to circumnavigate the earth. The Ady Gil was black because of the kevlar and radar absorbing paint that was used. Education is a wonderful thing.Save the Earth, Save the whales. BTW, whales live in family groups and travel from around the world to mate. If you think that killing them is okay or even cool, how would you feel if I came to your home and just slaughtered members of your family?..just a question for you morons to think about when your not using that other brain cell.

  • Freddie

    All of you loosers that think that this man or his crew are terrorists or pirates need a colonoscopy with a baseball bat with nails. These guys have more balls that you will ever dream of, and are the only humans out of almost 7 billion on earth that are actually doing something to protect these species of animals and trying to make a difference. Nobody else has stepped up to the plate,forget Greenpeace, that do absolutely nothing to intervene, yet I still get mailers at my house asking for donations so their top execs, can get richer it all a sham so they can say,……”yeah I’m an enviromentalist. I’m with Greenpeace”… .We need radicals like these guys, people that will put their life on the line to protect these whales that has as much right to be here as we do. Diplomacy doesn’t work, few people really care enough to do something, and everybody forgets that we already managed to efup our planet with green gases and we drove so many other species to extintion. And what do you say to these selfish bunch of hugry bastards like these Japanese people, that think is trendy to eat whale meat. The Japanese government is on denial so is the rest of the world, why aren’t the rest of the nations sending warships to enforce the treaty and sink these Japanese whalers? Why doesn’t anybody ELSE do something but seriously, already huh? tell me all of you loosers, what will there be left for our children, and their children of what the world use to be?

    • http://s181454115.onlinehome.us Erik

      too bad for you, that the “rest of the world” actually KNOW what the rules, regs, and treaty’s are. Starting with COLREGS, UNCLOS, ATS, IWC. Others ARE doing something, just like your hero watson;
      Hamas is launching rockets into civilian housing and also sending “stupid bombs” into blow up busses, stores, markets.
      Al Qaueda is blowing up civilian targets, provided 9/11 for us, and still continues..

      Shall I continue?
      your pathetic rantings show that you are the type idiot that watson wants to have. gullible, zealous, and unable to put a coherent thought together to save your own life. Yep, you fit right in with his crew.

  • mark stahl

    I beleive 200% in what the sea hepards are trying to do.I firmly beleive that Russell Sapp (rantings above) should go live in japan and eat the tainted walemeat and die. you go paul watson.The japaneese whaling fleet needs to rest on the bottom of the ocean with its crew.I beleive i n Paul Watson and what he stands for.

    • http://s181454115.onlinehome.us Erik

      So you’re ok with all out warfare…
      what’s your whine about on the whalers succeeding first with the sinking of the plastic toy?
      What OTHER terrorists do you stand with and support?

  • wikwik

    You people on the Sea shephard are as ignorant as can be ! These men are fishermen and are in a sustainable fisherie. You leave the dock with a boat load of people who cant tie a knot. Your lucky you are still alive and if you keep leaving the the dock with kids fresh out of college who went on your website and got all exited it will be you who makes the news ! You will never stop fishing in International waters because it isn’t your jurisdiction. You go home and they fish for 20 more days ,so the trip takes a little longer. Do yourself a favor and spend your spare time in a casino or mexico ! Idiots !!!

  • Diane M

    IF THE JAPANESE WHERE SIMPLY DOING RESEARCH, THEN WHY THE HUGE FOOD PROCESSING SHIP THE JAPANESE USE?? Hidden cameras in Japan has showN street vendors and shops selling the whale and dophin meat. This IS NOT research.

    The issues are the watered down INEFFECTIVE international laws that have huge loop holes. These incredible weak laws DO not protect our precious endangered, innocent whales and dolphins. These so called international laws are left open to interpertation which the Japanese take FULL advantage to keep on WHALING fill there processing ship in the name of research. The Sea Shepherd had filmed the long agonizing deaths the whales and dolphins suffer which is just more insult!

    Just like pre-born children who cannot speak for themseleves who will speak for the innocent whales and dolphins?

    The Japanese are the ones who need to be ASHAMED!

    Even Greenpeace as THOUSANDS of innocent whales and dolphins bloody the seas, they just give lip service and have not accomplished to my knowledge, saved ONE whale or dolphin. How long are the nations going to twiddle thier thumbs while the slaughter continues???

    I applaud the Sea Shepherds and their boat ‘Steve Irwin’ whose wife and staff gave full blessing to knowing that Steve, one of the greatest compassionate conservationtionst would have approved.

    So for all of you who also want to either sit on your hands or suck your thumbs and whine and don’t care one whit about the innocent killings please try to understand the international law and ‘quota’ for research is meaningless words. At least the Sea Shephed does not fire tear gas, flash bangs, shoot guns nor use any other life threatening devices as the Japanese do. It is NOT self defense for them since there lives are not being put in danger as they have with the Sea Shepherd and the Adi Gale, I watched that video repeatedly. Yes they cut across the bow but then were away from the bow and STATIONARY when the Japanese turned towards them and hit them. The Japaense are IN A WHALE SANCTUARY! Please look up in the dictionary if you do not know what a SANCTUARY means!!!

    Save the innocent!
    D M

    • http://s181454115.onlinehome.us Erik

      Obviously, by your choice of words and wording, you’ve visited the cistern of watsons kolaid. Guess what sweetie, the IWC is in place to MANAGE the differing whales stocks for a possible RETURN to commercial whaling, did you bother to read the IWC charter or its rues and regulations? I thought not. Why don’t you go read them, then come back and tell everyone about HOW it is to be determined that the whales are ready, or not (pssssttt.. here’s a hint… research whaling.. no research, no whales…) As for your supporting your own pet terrorists, that’s par for the course, as long as they do what YOU like, they’re ok to violate anyone else’s rights and laws. As for sanctuary.. I suggest YOU go read about who this “sanctuary” (set up by the IWC no less…) applies to. Uh oh… it doesnt apply to 1. those that filed objections, or 2. Research whaling. Too bad pookie. Or did you mean the AUSTRALIAN sanctuary, the one they claim in INTERNATIONAL waters ? You’re near to being classified as just another brain dead lemming. Go look up the TRUTH and not just watsons koolaid for lemmings.

    • A Brown

      Please! They are pirates, plain and simple! I wish someone would buy a surplus kilo sub and sink the Irwin and now the Barker too.

    • Jay

      Because by law they cannot waste the whale so they use it for food too, conservation at work using all the parts

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    The Japanese Captain should now be charge with attempted murder on the High Seas according to my estimation. He was on full power in a bigger ship should have turned away instead went straight in. There is no doubt in my mind what he was thinking at the time of impact. He was clearly upset the aggressor front on impact. What is the reason for a Research ship traveling a full speed researching or chasing whales at that speed? Fishing in the Polynesian Triangle is considered an offence against the Sovereign Natives in this region and it is the New Zealand Government Prime Minister that is accountable and Liable for allowing Whaling permits issue to Japanese Prime Minister and Captain of the Japanese Whaling Ship Equally Liable as Offences against the MOAI Sovereign State under the 1835 Declaration of Independence Confederation Flag and MOAI Sovereign State Jurisdiction and Constitution of MOAI GODS GRACE. Please take NOTICE that MOAI is the LEGAL CONSTITUTED AUTHORITY in the Polynesian Triangle Title Boundary Claim Area of Oceans. The New Zealand Government is FRAUD STATE has no QUEEN ELIZABETH11 Sovereign Authority to issue Whaling Permits in the Polynesian Boundary area! This incident is reported to the European Union Parliament and United Nations Human Rights and Congress under the MOAI GOD Sovereign State Maori 1835 Declaration of Independence International Trading Flag We warn the Japanese Government to remove their Whaling from the Spiritual Ancestral MOAI SACRED TRIANGLE area Boundary immediately. We hold the Prime Mister of Japan and New Zealand now Liable for CLASS ACTION CASE. Please adhere to these Instructions as of today. If your Japanese Ships are not removed today then we proceed to take legal action against you named Prime Misters. This is now a serious matter. Please go to our website witnessed by Twitter and Google Buzz World News and the Citizens people of the world at large supporting our MOAI Business & Claims.

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  • john dahl

    luc K y

    i may be passionate and
    a lousy speller at the same time.

  • john dahl

    tough breaks guys. big ships sometimes hurt little boats that tease and get in the way, and hinder their work, and attempt to cause damage to large ships with ropes in screws.
    lucy no one became kreel in those same screws.
    if whale meat is as bad as you claim, why not put pressure on the Jgovernment to stop poisoning their children. last i thought about it i consider CHILDREN more important than whales. but i guess that is just where YOUR values are.
    which i respect.
    ha ! NOT !

    • http://Web Rick

      Japan has over 4000 tonnes(yes it’s spelled corrrectly)frozen and gets the meat and blubber of 175 Minke Whales shipped to it each year from Iceland. They hunt only for export!! There is NO DEMAND AT HOME!!Several loads are caught being shipped thru europe. This is in addition to the almost 1000 whales that the Japanese are trying to kill themselves. Japan kills whales because they dont want to be told what to do by the 88 Nation IWC. Japan has even been caught buying votes at the IWC convention in June of 2010. Without the Sea Shepards there would not be a whale in the entire ocean.

  • http://www.applepieorder.ca applepieorder

    wow!!!!!!! It wasn’t even that long ago that they got that new boat. In interviews from when they got it, they all seemed to be pretty impressed with it. Hopefully the get another one soon to keep fighting for the whales!

  • sweden

    oh im so sorry for the whales . i dont understand u stupid peopel they kill whales and so what whale is a fish and nothink wrong by killing whales .i hope next time japanese kill them all su they will not go out on sea any more. if u see all those stupid peopel who are trying to stop the japanese fishing boats are all loosers they have no job no life and they go out to sea.

    • http://Web Hunter

      Whales aren’t fish kiddo. Whales=Mammals. Hail to Sea Shepherd. Japanese whalers are scum.

  • http://kris171991@yahoo.com kris oneill

    you guys need to do whatever you can to make our animals safe and not endangered you guys are doing awesome trust me don’t listen to the people that say you are doing a crapy job if it keeps our animals from disappearing than sweet keep on the kick ass work OK

  • http://kris171991@yahoo.com kris oneill

    you guys are sick the sea shepherds are hella bad as i like what you guys are doing i watch the show to thanks for the good job

  • Ardon

    as any rational person can observe, extremists do not apply critical thinking to their evaluations of a given situation. The Whale Wars Capt. is known as a notorious liar in feeble attempts to further his cause. Don’t any of you remember the faked shooting ?? Or the high seas trespassers who illegaly boarded a ship and then were reported as “kidnapped” Why don’t you who support this so called cause hold your advocates to at least some standard of truth ?

    • vlad

      terrorists and extremists are the fishermen,and nutless homos like you,they skin the animal while its still alive what more extreme terror could you possibly inflict on the poor brute.notoriously feeble,thats your pecker on a Friday night asshole your wife told me when she was 33$@% my %$^#$@#…you will be the first people whining when the ocean is a stagnant cesspool,where did all the fish go?,why didn’t somebody do something?wank wank whine.

  • jamest1148

    Could someone from the Ady Gil please explain that if your captain was indeed backing up as Paul Watson claims, then why is there cavitation directly astern to their vessel? If it was indeed in reverse, the cavitation would by towards the bow or at least in front of the propellers.

  • Richard

    The Japanese kill 1,000 whales a year and 24,000 dolphins brutally. Dolphin and whale meat are poisonous with high levels of mercury. Japanese government serves whale and dolphin meat to public schools because the demand for it falls each year. The Japanese whalers kill protected whales in a whale sanctuary. It takes 45 minutes for the whalers to kill a single whale.

  • Russell Sapp

    I only wish it would have been the Sea Shepards main boat that was sunk with the crew on board. They are pirates and terrorists. They need to be arrested and sent to GITMO. The Japanese are just fishing making a living, and the tactics used by the Sea Shepard are cowardly and dangerous. If the Japanese would hire me I would go out on their ships with them and take a gun. If the pirates attacked or got in out way of fishing I would open fire on them. The Sea Sheppards crew are losers and criminals that need to be stopped. Anyone giving them money and supporting their cause is supporting Terrorism and Piracy. These people should be prosecuted as well.
    Russell Sapp

    • Garrett King

      in WHAT WAY are the tactic employed by the sea shepherd dangerous? Butyric acid to make things stinky (oh the HORROR) and the occasional tangle rope.

      The whalers are breaking an international LAW that BANS commercial whaling, and even if it weren't against the law, the whalers have a quota of 935 Minke whales per SEASON. These whales are endangered and they want to kill 935 a season?!

      There's no doubt that the Japanese are trying to make a living, but they are doing something against the law. Both groups are doing something against the law, but the sea shepherds aren't getting paid for it, they are putting themselves in harms way to protect precious animals in a strictly non-violent way and are met with violence at every turn from the whaling fleet.

      Paul even offered to assist the Japanese in the search for one of their crew who had fallen overboard, and the Japanese refused! The Sea Shepherds even turned around to return to port while the whalers searched for their crew member, but then one of the Yushin Maru started following them.. INSTEAD OF CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR THEIR FALLEN CREW MEMBER, this harpoon boat was following the Steve Irwin!

      Anyone supporting the japanese whalers and their continued assault against whales need to be stopped. This is an extreme act of eco-terrorism and has been banned by an international treaty.. they aren't using the whales for science.. if they were.. THEY'D ONLY NEED ONE FUCKING WHALE, NOT 935! WAKE UP!

      • http://www.yahoo.com/ Loradae

        Wow, this is in every resepct what I needed to know.

    • vlad

      go suck some Japanese dick you miserable muthr fukr,you hunters are the terrorists,and like it or not this shit is gonna stop ,even if we have to start cutting your fukn throats,you worthless homos go through life concerned only with yourselves and your worthless family,you don’t have the stones to take a shot at anybodyterrorism and piracy<what load of drama are you a cop?you sound like one,you my friend are the loser,so shut your hole and go back to plucking on your computer from moms basement.,prosecute this sapp…..they are trying to preserve these creatures who are being wiped out while you stuff your fat ass with all you can eat shrimp.people like you should kill themselves,you are the type of person that is cruel to cats and shoots birds I know the type ,jefferey dahmer comes to mind.

  • Tad

    Are you kidding me? You idiots dive in front of a ship, and expect it to stop? Do me a favor. Try the same thing with your bus on train tracks. The crew of the Sea Shepherd should be renamed “The Gang That Couldn’t Steer Straight”. Pirates you are, and a pirates death you deserve, but even pirates aren’t as stupid as this crew.

    • http://Web Joe

      are you serious? you sound like yoda, so in that case, stupid you are.

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  • Mike

    Are you kidding me the Adi Gil obviously cut across the bow of the whaler. Just because your an extreme activist doesn’t make you right about everything. Wake up this Sea Shepard group is going beyond reg. protest and causing danger to life and property by there actions if you would just read the statement above by one of your own….Jeff Hansen, Australian director of Sea Shepherd, said the Ady Gil had come to a stop in front of the Shonan Maru 2 vessel…..wow even Jeff says that they “stopped in front of the Maru 2″. Seems to me its there fault no matter how one sided you are….

    • Landon

      you guy are all stupid. Remember that the Ady Gil was low on Fuel and was waiting to be refueled. Also the Ady Gil prop fowled the Nissian Maru (the fctory ship). The ship that collided with the Ady Gil was the Shonan Maru. By maritime law the vessel on the port side must yield to the vessel on the starboard side (which was the Ady Gil).

    • http://Web Joe

      you are stupid. they came to a stop because they were nearly out of gas and didnt want to use anymore because they needed it to go up to the Bob Barker to refuel. wow. do you really think that this planet would be better without whales? think about it.

  • http://www.transitiontownlouth.org.uk biffvernon

    This is the Adi Gil video to watch. It shows her stationary, the Japanese whaler approaches and turns to starboard to hit her, then turns away to port after the impact and the water canon hits the crew in the wreck.

    http://is.gd/5NKUK

    • Bullshirt

      These pussies had it coming. Hopefully watson’s had a heart attack by now or something.

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