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Japanese Whaling Fleet goes back to Japan (Whale Wars)
Sea Shepherd ^ | 2/17/11 | Sea Shepherd

Posted on 02/18/2011 5:01:18 PM PST by Dengar01

VSO Day
Victory in the Southern Ocean Day for the Whales

Pilot Chris Aultman and crewmember Mark Cullivan in an emotional embrace. Photo: Barbara VeigaPilot Chris Aultman and crewmember Mark Cullivan in an emotional embrace. Photo: Barbara VeigaIt’s official – the Japanese whaling fleet has called it quits in the Southern Ocean, at least for this season. And if they return next season, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be ready to resume their efforts to obstruct and disable illegal Japanese whaling operations.

“The Nisshin Maru made a significant course change immediately after the Japanese government made it official that the whaling fleet has been recalled,” said Captain Alex Cornelissen from the Bob Barker. “She looks like she’s going home!”

The Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker has been tailing the Japanese Nisshin Maru factory ship since February 9th making it impossible for the whalers to continue their illegal whaling operations.

“I have a crew of 88 very happy people from 23 different nations including Japan and they are absolutely thrilled that the whalers are heading home and the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is now indeed a real sanctuary,” said Captain Paul Watson.

The Sea Shepherd ships Steve Irwin, Bob Barker, and Gojira will remain in the Southern Ocean to escort the Japanese ships northward. “We will not leave the whale sanctuary until the last whaling ship has departed,” said Gojira captain Locky MacLean.

“This is a great victory for the whales,” said Captain Watson, “but we did not do this alone. Without the support of the people of Australia and New Zealand, we would not have been able to send voyages out for seven seasons from Australian and New Zealand ports. We are grateful to Senator Bob Brown and the Australian Greens Party. We are very grateful to Mr. Bob Barker for giving us the ship that turned the tide in our efforts to force the Japanese fleet from these waters. We are grateful to all our onshore staff and volunteers, supporting members and ship crews. We are grateful to the Chilean Navy and the government of France for their support. It is a very happy day for people everywhere who love whales and our oceans.”

It’s official – the killing of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is over for this season and the whalers did not even take 10% of their quota. Sea Shepherd estimates that over 900 whales have been saved this year.

“It’s a great day for the whales,” said Sea Shepherd Chief Cook on the Steve Irwin Laura Dakin of Canberra, Australia, “and it’s a great day for humanity!”


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: japan; paulwatson; seashepherd; whalewars
So Sea Shepherd has finally drove the Japanese whaling fleet from the Southern Ocean. Never thought I would see that happen.

PLEASE!!! This thread is for those of us who enjoy making fun of Watson's gang of loons, please do not flame those of us who are against whaling. We are all conservatives and some of us just have different opinions.

I am anti whaling, anti Watson.

I am glad that the whalers are going home though...

1 posted on 02/18/2011 5:01:27 PM PST by Dengar01
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To: Dengar01

I am pro-sustainable-whaling!

If there is a sufficient population to allow whaling,
no problem and no different than hunting any other species.

I respect your opinion to be against hunting. As conservatives,
we can disagree.

I would treat the anti-whaling forces as hostile pirates.

ampu


2 posted on 02/18/2011 5:03:50 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (.)
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To: Dengar01; OKSooner; JerseyHighlander; Mad Dawgg; tupac; smartyaz; mowowie; Thunder90; mojo114; ...
WHALE WARS PING!!!

WHALING OVER!!!

For once the hippies actually won! I for one am shocked and at a loss for words. I just wonder how they will drag out Whale Wars this summer.

Here is my question, does this mean Japan is done whaling?

3 posted on 02/18/2011 5:03:58 PM PST by Dengar01 (Go Blackhawks!!! Go Bulls!!!)
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To: Dengar01

Too bad they didn’t sink the Sea Shepard and kill everyone abord!!!


4 posted on 02/18/2011 5:05:57 PM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed
Too bad they didn’t sink the Sea Shepard and kill everyone abord!!!

Ditto.
5 posted on 02/18/2011 5:07:53 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: dalereed

From what I am reading the Japanese simply gave up. I am shocked that this happened. I was hoping to see a boat sink for entertainment value ;)


6 posted on 02/18/2011 5:09:55 PM PST by Dengar01 (Go Blackhawks!!! Go Bulls!!!)
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To: Dengar01

“I have a crew of 88 very happy people...”

Notice the wording, the SeaHippies dis not call them sailors or activists, just people. From past seasons they are not sailors who have any clue what do at sea. We also know that not all of the are full-blown activists, many seemed to be it for the cruise.


7 posted on 02/18/2011 5:12:52 PM PST by matt04
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To: Dengar01

I’m pretty sure that the actual reasons why they quit are a bit more complicated, and most likely boil down to economics.

Frankly speaking, there is already a glut of whale meat from previous hunts in Japanese refrigerated warehouses and adding more doesn’t make much sense.

However, the whaling industry does depend heavily on government subsidies in various forms, so a token hunt had to be made. The Sea Shepherd antics just gave them a face-saving reason for doing something they were already planning to do anyhow. Now that the “hunt” was made and the budget expenditures justified, they can sail back home and relax.

The market for whale meat continues to decline in Japan and nothing will ever bring it back. The stuff just doesn’t taste very good. I have lived here for 25 years and have never met anyone under the age of 60 who claims to like the stuff.

If it WERE popular and if there WAS a strong market for the stuff, the whaling ships would be escorted about their business by JMSDF warships to make sure they were unmolested.


8 posted on 02/18/2011 5:17:26 PM PST by Ronin ("Dismantle the TSA and send the screeners back to Wal-Mart.")
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To: Dengar01

Well now who can I pick on for this season? What will the hippies do with the off time?


9 posted on 02/18/2011 5:28:32 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: Ronin

———most likely boil down to economics.——

Or timming.

The antiwacko submarine is behind schedule for deployment this season


10 posted on 02/18/2011 5:35:40 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: Dengar01

11 posted on 02/18/2011 5:38:07 PM PST by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: Ronin

Thanks for the background info.


12 posted on 02/18/2011 5:39:38 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Dengar01
There are populations adapted by nature to require a high annual intake of whale meat.

To oppose whaling is to encourage genocide.

13 posted on 02/18/2011 5:39:39 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: matt04

88 crew on that TOY? I often went on six month jobs on bigger ships working 24/7 with 8 crew.

I wonder if there were any officers on board, as there does not seem to be any of them that understand the law.


14 posted on 02/18/2011 5:43:32 PM PST by punchamullah
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To: Dengar01

So long as whaling is done within the law, these “activists” should be treated as terrorists in my book.


15 posted on 02/18/2011 5:46:19 PM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: El Cid

Some background on the surplus:

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Environmentalists+attack+Japan’s+’surplus’+whale+meat+stocks.-a0142006467


16 posted on 02/18/2011 5:49:34 PM PST by Ronin ("Dismantle the TSA and send the screeners back to Wal-Mart.")
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To: punchamullah

From what I have seen, they do have officers but they are all as useless and incompetent as the crew members they find.


17 posted on 02/18/2011 5:54:51 PM PST by matt04
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To: Vision

The sea shepherd is nothing less than a PIRATE vessel and they should be arrested tried and hanged as pirates. Should never be tolerated even from the somalians.


18 posted on 02/18/2011 6:17:56 PM PST by Samurai_Jack (ride out and confront the evil!)
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To: punchamullah

I’m going to guess that the 88 crew members were spread out over all 3 ships, though I could be wrong.


19 posted on 02/18/2011 6:26:49 PM PST by Two Kids' Dad ((((( )))))
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To: Dengar01

I was hoping both sides could find a way to lose.


20 posted on 02/18/2011 6:57:28 PM PST by Last Dakotan (Hunting - the ultimate in organic grocery shopping.)
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To: punchamullah
I wonder if there were any officers on board, as there does not seem to be any of them that understand the law.

Law, seamanship, engineering, navigation, small engine repair, knot tying, sanitation, etc..etc.

21 posted on 02/18/2011 7:03:18 PM PST by Last Dakotan (Hunting - the ultimate in organic grocery shopping.)
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To: Proud_USA_Republican

nice graphic


22 posted on 02/18/2011 8:39:33 PM PST by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
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To: muawiyah
There are populations adapted by nature to require a high annual intake of whale meat.

To oppose whaling is to encourage genocide.

That is a bizarre statement. I think you are talking about Eskimos, but this is a thread about Japanese COMMERCIAL whaling.

As stated by another FReeper who lives in Japan. Most Japanese don't eat whale meat and its popularity is decreasing significantly.

I don't recall even the most radical FReepers on this subject screaming about burning down an igloo.

There are no populations below 60 degrees latitude that rely on whale meat.

Please educate yourself before posting, you lower the IQ of the website with a statement like that.

23 posted on 02/19/2011 4:23:08 AM PST by Dengar01 (Go Blackhawks!!! Go Bulls!!!)
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To: Dengar01
Eating whale meat and seal is NOT a cultural artifact ~ it's biological in origin.

I am surprised you have no idea of the various groups that inhabit Japan.

Well, maybe not surprised ~ you lived there. You did DNA tests all over the place; learned the "Devil Language" and maybe even figured out how to count to 10 ~ but it would appear you know nothing. Someday read your notes.

But, some Japanese, Sa'ami and Eskimo aren't the ONLY groups to have had to subsist on whale and seal for thousands of years at a time.

And yes, you are encouraging genocide.

24 posted on 02/19/2011 5:12:18 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
I think you are off your meds. Your entire post to me was the ramblings of a mad man. What part of MOST Japanese DONT EAT WHALE MEAT do you not understand???

You are stating that Japanese citizens must eat whale meat in order to physically survive. That is an insane statement.

I would recommend that you immediately call 911 and ask to be put in a psych ward, in the 10 years I've been posting on this website you are the most illogical, insane person I have ever come across.

25 posted on 02/19/2011 5:50:07 PM PST by Dengar01 (Go Blackhawks!!! Go Bulls!!!)
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To: Dengar01
Please cut out the screeching. It's pretty clear YOU know a lot about being off your meds.

Not everybody in Japan needs to eat whalemeat. In fact, no one needs to eat it, but there are who need it, and if the Japanese have it available for sale, that'll take care of that.

However, your advocacy of genocide of very small, far away and little understood minorities is not at all anything to recommend you to polite society. It's still genocide.

26 posted on 02/19/2011 5:58:15 PM PST by muawiyah
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