In an unprovoked attack captured on film, the Japanese security ship Shonan Maru No. 2 deliberately rammed and caused catastrophic damage to the Sea Shepherd trimaran Ady Gil. Six crew crewmembers, four from New Zealand, one from Australia, and one from the Netherlands were immediately rescued by the crew of the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker. None of the crew Ady Gil crew were injured. The Ady Gil is believed to be sinking and chances of salvage are very grim.
Crazy stuff. We’re afraid to see where this is going to go. Doesn’t make the Japanese look very good. Go here to read all about it. It’s a real battle going on out there – cloak and dagger stuff and it’s getting more and more aggressive.
Here’s some video footage taken by another Sea Shepard Ship, The Bob Barker – yep, that’s right, Bob Barker has thrown his hat into this ring and donated $5 million bucks to Sea Shepard to support the fight against Japanese Whaling. The objective of the Sea Shepherd fleet is to sink the Japanese whaling fleet economically – to bankrupt the whaling industry by cutting whale kill quotas in half and costing the whaling fleet their annual profits. The Japanese whalers are discovering that the price is no longer right. With Sea Shepherd cutting their kill quotas in half and cancelling their profits for a fourth year in a row, the heavily subsidized whaling industry is on the ropes financially.