Whale Wars! Japanese Whaler Rams Anti-Whaling Craft
Whaling is an ancient practice that most of the modern world views with abject horror. It may provide employment and a large number of export products, but the dangers of excessive hunting and the resulting legacy of blood are too hard for many to ignore.
Japan main perpetrator of whaling
Japan is one of the few nations that still permit whaling, its ships hunting whales “for research purposes and the sale of surplus meat” in the Antarctic. They can take in excess of 1,000 whales per season thanks to a loophole in international law that permits this activity.
Groups who protest whaling are often labeled “terrorists” by those in the industry. The Ady Gil, a Sea Shepherd anti-whaling pursuit craft, appears to have been a casualty of the whale wars, bearing the brunt of that hot heart’s shell. The Japanese whaler Shonan Maru 2 blasted the Ady Gil with water cannons – before, during and after the time that they sawed the smaller vessel in half via collision.
You Can’t Stop that Great White Whale
The Ady Gil is a small pursuit craft belonging to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an activist group that opposes Japanese each season in the Southern Ocean, which is south of Australia and New Zealand and encircles Antarctica. While Sea Shepherd Australia Director Jeff Hansen told the New York Times that the Ady Gil wasn’t sunk, “it’s in two pieces, and we’re trying to salvage what we can.” Ady Gil crew was rescued by an accompanying vessel, the Bob Barker. One crew member was injured.
The Price is Wrong, Whaler Man
The video below shows the Shonan Maru 2 plow through the Ady Gil, breaking off the nose of the smaller ship. No doubt the Japanese Whaling Industry considers it payback for all the stalking and harassment the Sea Shepherd group has caused their whalers, but they have yet to come forward with such a statement. Not surprisingly, Sea Shepherd is not undaunted. The whale wars will continue, at not doubt great expense.
“They’ve really upped the ante this year,” said Hansen. “But we definitely won’t be leaving.”