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Whalers fire water at activists in Antarctic Ocean
AP via SFGate ^ | 2/2/9 | KRISTEN GELINEAU, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 02/02/2009 7:47:04 AM PST by SmithL

SYDNEY, (AP) --

Japanese whalers blasted water from a cannon at conservationists who hurled bottles of rancid butter and paint during a clash Monday in frigid Antarctic waters, officials said.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society also accused the whalers of throwing hunks of metal and golf balls at its members, lightly injuring two activists in the fracas. Japanese officials said only a water cannon was used.

The group — which routinely harasses the Japanese whaling fleet during its annual hunt in the Antarctic Ocean — sent a helicopter and two inflatable boats toward a Japanese harpoon ship early Monday in heavy seas about 2,000 miles (3,200 kilometers) southeast of the Australian state of Tasmania, said Paul Watson, the group's leader.

Japan, which has described the Sea Shepherd protesters as terrorists, plans to harvest up to 935 minke whales and 50 fin whales this season. Under International Whaling Commission rules, the mammals may be killed for research but not for commercial purposes. Opponents say the Japanese research expeditions are simply a cover for commercial whaling, which was banned in 1986.

The whalers opened up on conservationists on one raft with a water cannon, knocking one man off his feet and leaving him with cuts and bruises, Watson told The Associated Press by satellite phone.

Another protester was hit in the face with a large chunk of metal lobbed from a harpoon boat. He was wearing a shield on his helmet, but still suffered bruises, Watson said.

The Japanese also aimed a "military grade" noise weapon that can cause deafness and vomiting at the Sea Shepherd crew, Watson said. Some felt its vibrations but were too far away to be otherwise affected, he said.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Japan; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ecoterrorists
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1 posted on 02/02/2009 7:47:04 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL

International waters, the Sea Shepards committing piracy- I say sink them.


2 posted on 02/02/2009 7:48:06 AM PST by mnehring
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To: SmithL
conservationists who hurled bottles of rancid butter

Don't the Japanese cook with rancid butter?

Anyway, at least it wasn't fox urine!

3 posted on 02/02/2009 7:48:28 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Even for a thin-skinned solipsistic narcissist, Obama seems a frightful po-faced pill." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: SmithL

Conservationists?

How about anarchists. Or communists. Or both.


4 posted on 02/02/2009 7:49:08 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The democRATS are near the tipping point.)
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To: SmithL

hit right in the fracas with a golf ball, sounds painfull


5 posted on 02/02/2009 7:49:21 AM PST by daku (Obama has experience pouring out of those big ears of his.)
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To: SmithL

If they can afford helicopters they can do what other groups do and buy representation in government.


6 posted on 02/02/2009 7:49:41 AM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Tax-chick

It’s all fun and games until a whale chokes on a bottle of rancid butter.


7 posted on 02/02/2009 7:50:03 AM PST by bgill
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To: bgill

Yeah, I guess whales throwing up would be pretty gross - even worse than when the dog ate a box of crayons ...


8 posted on 02/02/2009 7:50:59 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Even for a thin-skinned solipsistic narcissist, Obama seems a frightful po-faced pill." ~Mark Steyn)
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To: SmithL
These whalers need to hire someone... someone who gives them plausible deniability.

"We were just sailing along, and the Sea Shepherd sank. We don't know why they did. Hope everyone's OK."

9 posted on 02/02/2009 7:51:01 AM PST by TChris (So many useful idiots...)
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To: SmithL

10 posted on 02/02/2009 7:51:09 AM PST by Vaquero ( "an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: SmithL
Opponents say the Japanese research expeditions are simply a cover for commercial whaling, which was banned in 1986.

Of course they are. What possible research still needs to be done on whales? Orientals eat a huge variety of marine life including dolphins.

11 posted on 02/02/2009 7:51:29 AM PST by Dustbunny (Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. The Gipper)
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To: mnehrling

I watch “Whale Wars”, just to cheer for the Japanese whalers.

I think the show is meant to build support for the Sea Shepherd but it really makes them out to be a bunch of snot nosed rabble rousers...

If someone from another ship comes over with the intent of disabling your ship in the open ocean, I say you blast them out of the water...


12 posted on 02/02/2009 7:51:49 AM PST by Hootch (Another perspective)
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To: Dustbunny

They eat anything that turns its back to heaven..


13 posted on 02/02/2009 7:52:46 AM PST by rahbert
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To: SmithL

“We’re not a protest organization, we’re a policing organization,” Paul Watson has said of his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS). A pirate organization is more like it. Sporting the skull and crossbones, his black or battleship-gray ships sail menacingly through the waves. They are painted with the names of the boats Watson has rammed and sunk.

The ships are fitted with water cannons, a concrete-filled bow made for ramming, and an attachment dubbed the “can opener” that can tear open a boat’s hull. In his book Earth Warrior, David Morris writes that Watson wears a long bowie knife at his side and carries AK-47s on board. He blasts Richard Wagner’s rousing “Ride of the Valkyries” to herald his arrival and terrify his victims.

SSCS’s mission is to stop fishing of which it disapproves. Its preferred methods? Ramming and sinking fishing ships, throwing butyric acid on their decks, and firing machine guns. Watson argues that United Nations resolutions authorize him to commit violent acts. But he regularly interferes with fisherman and hunters who are committing no crime. He serves as judge, jury, and executioner — while enjoying the same tax-exempt status as universities and churches.

Some of the animal-rights movement’s most notorious terrorists got their start with SSCS. One of them, convicted arsonist Rodney Coronado, had Watson’s approval to plan and execute an attack on Iceland’s whaling industry. He and a colleague sank two of the fleet’s four ships and destroyed a processing facility.

http://www.activistcash.com/organization_overview.cfm/oid/347


14 posted on 02/02/2009 7:52:57 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: SmithL
"The Japanese also aimed a "military grade" noise weapon that can cause deafness and vomiting.."

Should've just played Bruce Springsteen really loud. Would've had the same effect.

15 posted on 02/02/2009 7:53:26 AM PST by Jaxter (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.)
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To: mnehrling

Same view here.

I once told a green peace canvasser that interupted our dinner (back when the french were testing a nuke somewhere in the Pacific) ‘Its my view the French should have let you idiots into the blast zone, then FIRED OFF THE NUKE’.

She broke down into tears, I shut the front door, and they NEVER came back again.


16 posted on 02/02/2009 7:53:31 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: SmithL

Not bad for starters. But if the Japanese had any real grit, they’d put sand in the water they were shooting at the protesters. That would make the do-gooders drop their rancid butter!


17 posted on 02/02/2009 7:53:40 AM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: SunkenCiv; jazusamo

Where does Watson get the funds for his exploits?


18 posted on 02/02/2009 7:54:27 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: SmithL
sent a helicopter and two inflatable boats toward a Japanese harpoon ship early Monday

Not a smart move

19 posted on 02/02/2009 7:54:38 AM PST by TYVets
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To: mnehrling

Japanese eat seafood. Whales are seafood. What is the problem?


20 posted on 02/02/2009 7:55:56 AM PST by struggle ((The struggle continues))
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To: SmithL

I would’ve paid good money to see the water cannon shoot at the helicopter.


21 posted on 02/02/2009 7:56:50 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (Close Gitmo now! Send them to Alcatraz!)
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To: Hootch
I think the show is meant to build support for the Sea Shepherd but it really makes them out to be a bunch of snot nosed rabble rousers...

..and just think, they have editorial control so imagine how they really act unedited.

22 posted on 02/02/2009 7:58:16 AM PST by mnehring
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To: george76

He has some big donors.


23 posted on 02/02/2009 7:58:57 AM PST by mnehring
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To: struggle

I thought the left wanted us to respect other cultures.


24 posted on 02/02/2009 8:01:38 AM PST by Alcibiades ("First come smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire"--Roland Deschain)
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To: Badeye

Whats the the big deal with whales anyway I know they have been over hunted but their just like any other critter
I sure have not seen not seen evidence that they are seninent


25 posted on 02/02/2009 8:03:54 AM PST by Charlespg
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To: SmithL

This is the reason God invented the 40mm Bofors.


26 posted on 02/02/2009 8:10:02 AM PST by Larry381 (Join BlueServo and protect your border.(http://www.blueservo.net/))
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To: Charlespg

Well said (if not well-spelt).

Whales = Protein.


27 posted on 02/02/2009 8:18:20 AM PST by agere_contra (So ... where's the birth certificate?)
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To: SmithL
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Terrorist Society also accused the whalers of throwing hunks of metal and golf balls at its members, lightly injuring two activists pirates in the fracas.
28 posted on 02/02/2009 8:19:45 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Jaxter
Should’ve just played Bruce Springsteen really loud. Would've had the same effect.

Yes I changed the channel when Leftiespring came on. The Idiots are playing dangerous game here on the open sea.I say sink them.

29 posted on 02/02/2009 8:19:54 AM PST by Cheetahcat (Osamabama the Wright kind of Racist!)
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To: SmithL

Enviroweenies sprayed with water cannon=bath for enviroweenies


30 posted on 02/02/2009 8:25:02 AM PST by GQuagmire
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To: Cheetahcat

International waters...Anything goes.

That’s all I’m saying ;)


31 posted on 02/02/2009 8:25:26 AM PST by cups
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To: george76; SmithL
Where does Watson get the funds for his exploits?

Don't know for a fact but I'd say it's all donations from wackjobs. Look at PETA, the largest animal rights group in the country and funded by donations, also the wackiest run.

32 posted on 02/02/2009 8:35:39 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: cups
International waters...Anything goes.

If physically threatened in international waters, as far as I'm concerned a boat captain should practice the ocean going version of the three S's: Shoot, Sink, and Shutup.
33 posted on 02/02/2009 8:37:11 AM PST by JamesP81 (I shall give their president the same respect they gave mine)
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To: george76

Maybe our military could start leasing space to some of these fishermen/whalers on our destroyers. I’d love to see that SOB Watson fire on one of THOSE boats!


34 posted on 02/02/2009 8:37:53 AM PST by Red Reign (Storm clouds gather. Fear not, it's a Red Reign that's coming.)
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To: Larry381
This is the reason God invented the 40mm Bofors.

It's too bad the Japanese government doesn't send a Navy gunboat or destroyer along with the fleet to protect them and just sink any pirate ship attacking them, Watson and his group are definitely pirates.

35 posted on 02/02/2009 8:42:12 AM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Hootch
I watch “Whale Wars”, just to cheer for the Japanese whalers. I think the show is meant to build support for the Sea Shepherd but it really makes them out to be a bunch of snot nosed rabble rousers... If someone from another ship comes over with the intent of disabling your ship in the open ocean, I say you blast them out of the water...

I TIVO it so I can cheer on the Japanese and replay those idiot do-gooders' misforutunes. I occasionally rewatch the episode when those morons flipped their "dingy" when they tried to launch it. It still makes me laugh out loud.

36 posted on 02/02/2009 8:44:06 AM PST by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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To: JamesP81

That show “Whale Wars” onDiscovery channel is nuts!

They bored these vessels in the middle of the night and break their equipment! I’m not surpised the captain hasn’t been shot earlier!

If someone boards my ship in the middle of the night. They had better hope I don’t catch them. That’s all I’m saying.


37 posted on 02/02/2009 8:52:20 AM PST by cups
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To: SmithL

A news clip I’d like to see:

And near Antarctic waters, the Russian whaling ship Ivan Rogov responded to a distress call from the conservationist ship Sea Shepherd. The Sea Shepherd had reported an engine room fire, and went down with all hands before the Ivan Rogov could get to the scene.

BTW, the Ivan Rogov is not a whaling ship.


38 posted on 02/02/2009 8:54:20 AM PST by Fred Hayek (Leftism is a mental disorder.)
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To: All

I think we should remember and take note of the different means of offensive weapons here that we as citizens may have to use against a vigilante type of crowd or illegal police force.

Such as the water cannon, sound amplifier and funny as it sounds the harpoon gun which does not require explosives but an ample air supply, case in point several episodes of Mythbusters have the air cannon.

This is not satire, the government will take or try to take away our firearms, so we must be prepared to improvise.

Either we do this or we will become the Eloi in the future.


39 posted on 02/02/2009 8:55:32 AM PST by Eye of Unk (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words! SA)
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To: SmithL

I don’t understand how these idiots can be allowed to impede a legal activity. Shouldn’t this guy be in jail if he rammed and sank whaling boats in the past? How is it that this is permitted to continue?


40 posted on 02/02/2009 9:00:05 AM PST by PAR
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To: SmithL

It’s enough to make you sign up for a Japanese whaling ship. Go whalers!


41 posted on 02/02/2009 9:13:56 AM PST by popdonnelly (The problem with Obama is that he believes his own hype.)
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To: SmithL
sent a helicopter and two inflatable boats toward a Japanese harpoon ship early Monday in...

Attacking a harpoon ship with an inflatable boat is just downright stupid.

42 posted on 02/02/2009 9:18:06 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: VeniVidiVici

...even better: a grappling hook on a line tied off to the vessel, fired into the helo’s skids.

That helicopter would’ve been in the water in about 15 seconds.


43 posted on 02/02/2009 9:38:31 AM PST by Tex Pete (Obama for Change: from our pockets, our piggy banks, and our couch cushions!)
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To: Tex Pete

The Japaneese need to re-introduce the spar torpedo!


44 posted on 02/02/2009 10:10:58 AM PST by catman67
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To: Dustbunny
“Orientals eat a huge variety of marine life including dolphins.”

mmmmm dolphin.....

45 posted on 02/02/2009 10:21:09 AM PST by monday
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To: SmithL
The Japanese also aimed a "military grade" noise weapon that can cause deafness and vomiting at the Sea Shepherd crew, Watson said. Some felt its vibrations but were too far away to be otherwise affected, he said.

Sounds like the LRAD. Since these are being used against pirates off Somalia, their use against the pirates in the Southern Ocean is entirely appropriate.

46 posted on 02/02/2009 10:22:21 AM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: Tax-chick
"Yeah, I guess whales throwing up would be pretty gross -"

If you've ever worn very expensive perfume, you've probably smeared some whale vomit on yourself...Ambergris

47 posted on 02/02/2009 10:27:25 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack
From your link (Wiki):

Because giant squids' beaks have been found embedded within lumps of ambergris, scientists have theorized that the whale's intestine produces the substance as a means of easing the passage of hard, sharp objects that the whale might have inadvertently eaten.

That sounds more like whale poop than whale puke.

48 posted on 02/02/2009 10:31:10 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: The Good Doctor

Personally, I loved the part where the entire crew (except the three senior “officers”) got rip-roaring drunk as they were sailing into the teeth of a monster storm.


49 posted on 02/02/2009 10:38:47 AM PST by Stonewall Jackson (We failed, but in the good providence of God apparent failure often proves a blessing.-Robert E.Lee)
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To: ArrogantBustard
"That sounds more like whale poop than whale puke."

A few more details on the "manufacture" can be found here

50 posted on 02/02/2009 11:44:03 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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