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Protest ship 'sunk by whalers'
news.com.au ^ | 6th January 2010

Posted on 01/05/2010 10:12:48 PM PST by naturalman1975

ANTI-whaling group Sea Shepherd have confirmed one of their protest ships was sunk by Japanese whalers.

The Ady Gil, a lightweight 24m (79-foot) boat went under after being rammed off Antarctica by Shonam Maru, a ship detailed to provide security to the rest of the whaling fleet.

All six crew members have been rescued.

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TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Japan
KEYWORDS: ecoterrorists; japan; maritime; napl; seabattle; seashepherd; whaling
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Shonan Maru


Ady Gil

1 posted on 01/05/2010 10:12:49 PM PST by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975
The ship is one of three Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessels battling Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean.

The Ady Gil WAS one of the ships

One down and only two to go.

2 posted on 01/05/2010 10:19:24 PM PST by TYVets (Let's Roll!!! The leadership of the GOP has no spine and no guts, but we conservatives do)
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To: naturalman1975

good. Play with fire, you get burned.


3 posted on 01/05/2010 10:19:55 PM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: naturalman1975

“All six crew members have been rescued.”

Damn :(


4 posted on 01/05/2010 10:20:11 PM PST by rae4palin (islam is of the devil)
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To: naturalman1975

Looks like the ecoterrorists are well funded.

Pray for America’s Freedom


5 posted on 01/05/2010 10:20:19 PM PST by bray (What ya in for Son? No Health Insurance. Me too.)
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To: naturalman1975
I told my wife the day they announced they were renaming and taking the EarthRacer boat with them on their open seas piracy attempt that they'd stick that sucker in front of a whaling ship, and then claim that it was sunk by the Japanese. And lo and behold, look what happened.

I hope Discovery Channel got some good footage of the entire event including any conspiracy to place it in harm's way. But this will be a blow for the Japanese; the EarthRacer boat was extremely popular in Australia, and it's sinking will rally a new round of donations to the Sea Shepperd pirates.

6 posted on 01/05/2010 10:21:40 PM PST by kingu (Favorite Sticker: Lost hope, and Obama took my change.)
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To: naturalman1975

That big ship chased it down and rammed it, huh? More like the little one was harrassing them i bet, cutting too close in front, or trying to force the Japanese to change course. They are no better than somali pirates. Love it when libs get real consequences for their theater.


7 posted on 01/05/2010 10:22:04 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: naturalman1975

8 posted on 01/05/2010 10:23:29 PM PST by robomatik (III %)
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To: DesertRhino

They’re doing their cause no good either.

Most Australians probably don’t like the Japanese whalers. I’m one of them. But the Japanese aren’t breaking the law and so what I like and dislike is irrelevant - they have the right to do what they are doing.

What Sea Shepherd and similar groups try to do does break laws, and while I might agree with their goal, their methods means I can’t support them.


9 posted on 01/05/2010 10:24:34 PM PST by naturalman1975 ("America was under attack. Australia was immediately there to help." - John Winston Howard)
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To: naturalman1975

Captain Paul Watson and his bumbling crew continues to be owned by the Japanese Whalers.


10 posted on 01/05/2010 10:25:29 PM PST by Jeff Gordon (Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: naturalman1975

Say hello to the Rainbow Warrior down there.

Glub, glub.


11 posted on 01/05/2010 10:26:43 PM PST by mkjessup (The Dear Comrade B'rack Hussein Mugabe says U.S. Intelligence "screwed up".)
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To: naturalman1975

12 posted on 01/05/2010 10:27:14 PM PST by robomatik (III %)
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To: naturalman1975

I hope they sink every one of them !!!!!


13 posted on 01/05/2010 10:28:58 PM PST by dalereed
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To: naturalman1975

“All six crew members have been rescued.”

They should have left them for the sharks!


14 posted on 01/05/2010 10:30:24 PM PST by dalereed
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To: naturalman1975

The way the Ady Gil looks, I’d expect Otter to jump out of it and punch Greg Marmalard.


15 posted on 01/05/2010 10:32:57 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Richard Kimball
LOL, "this is GREAT!!!!"
16 posted on 01/05/2010 10:34:05 PM PST by mkjessup (The Dear Comrade B'rack Hussein Mugabe says U.S. Intelligence "screwed up".)
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To: naturalman1975

I don’t approve of whaling, but had to laugh at this. It reminds me of the eco-whackos who were sailing their solar-wind-muscle powered boat up to the artic when the whole thing broke down, and they had to be rescued by an OIL TANKER. God has such a great sense of humor.


17 posted on 01/05/2010 10:36:00 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: naturalman1975

It is pleasing that such a cute, rather gay boat got scuttled.

Don't bring a skiff to a whaler fight, sweeties.

18 posted on 01/05/2010 10:40:00 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: TYVets

The Ady Gil (previously named Earth Race)had just set a speed record for circumnavigation. What a freaking waste.


19 posted on 01/05/2010 10:41:48 PM PST by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: naturalman1975
What Sea Shepherd and similar groups try to do does break laws, and while I might agree with their goal, their methods means I can’t support them.I do not see tham any differently than I would anyone else interfering with a lawful hunt.

It may make good eco-theater, but I refuse to watch the shows on Tv after having sat through one.

The anti-whalers seem unhinged to me. If they have a grievance, the place to air it is over whaling in an international forum, not through the terroristic disruption of legal activities which endangers all who are involved.

20 posted on 01/05/2010 11:00:31 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: naturalman1975
From the back of my closet:


21 posted on 01/05/2010 11:04:12 PM PST by I see my hands (_8(|)
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To: naturalman1975

Sea Shepherd couldn’t keep that hotrod out of the way of a plodding whaling ship? Is there no end to their incompetence?


22 posted on 01/05/2010 11:04:45 PM PST by Dan Middleton
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To: naturalman1975

‘All six crew members have been rescued.’

Pity.


23 posted on 01/05/2010 11:08:23 PM PST by BigCinBigD (")
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To: naturalman1975

Playing “chicken” in open seas is a bitch when you’re the smaller vessel.


24 posted on 01/05/2010 11:08:42 PM PST by Dapper 26
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To: naturalman1975

Good!...


25 posted on 01/05/2010 11:13:29 PM PST by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: TYVets
One down and only two to go.

You beat me to it.

26 posted on 01/05/2010 11:18:24 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: kingu
I hope Discovery Channel got some good footage of the entire event including any conspiracy to place it in harm's way.

I guarantee you any footage will be mercilessly edited to show it was the whaler's fault.

27 posted on 01/05/2010 11:20:37 PM PST by GATOR NAVY
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To: kingu

This is good.

Here is an article from last month.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2408740/posts

Note this comment:

“Despite the beefed-up security, Watson said he was confident of disrupting the hunt for a sixth year, saying the activists had a futuristic powerboat which would be able to outrun the ships and block their harpoons. “It’ll be our interceptor vessel, I think it will make a big difference,” he said.”

Looks like the Japanese were ready for their futuristic powerboat. And note freepers had fully predicted this outcome.


28 posted on 01/05/2010 11:29:27 PM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: naturalman1975
Were there any French among the Japs?


29 posted on 01/05/2010 11:30:37 PM PST by BBell
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To: naturalman1975; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ..


30 posted on 01/05/2010 11:32:28 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (HALP UZ AL GOR. PLEEZ SEND GLOBUL WARMING.)
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To: naturalman1975

Good! Keep the eco-nutters wasting their money.


31 posted on 01/05/2010 11:35:32 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: freedumb2003

Ady Gil = Gay Dil


32 posted on 01/05/2010 11:49:03 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: naturalman1975

The guy running Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson, is a certifiable lunatic. Greenpeace threw him out of their organization in the 1970’s for being too extreme (think about that). Here’s a brief history of some of the crap Sea Shepherd has pulled:

http://www.highnorth.no/Library/Movements/Sea_Shepherd/se-sh-re.htm

Note the attacks on non-whaling fishing vessels and the use of MINES to sink one whaler. This guy is the Unabomber on a boat, folks.


33 posted on 01/05/2010 11:49:51 PM PST by DemforBush (Now officially 100% ex-Democrat.)
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To: naturalman1975
Cetacean "Research"
34 posted on 01/05/2010 11:59:18 PM PST by anglian
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To: naturalman1975

I have no love for whalers, but the video at the link seems to show the protest boat speeding up along the port side of the Japanese ship and then attempting to cut across its bow.

Apparently, the helmsman of the protest boat tried to cut it too fine in order to make the Japanese change course, and didn’t judge the numbers right — or was hoping to get hit.

The idea that the Japanese intentionally rammed the boat is as ludicrous as the Chinese claim that the P-3 rammed their fighter.


35 posted on 01/06/2010 12:50:13 AM PST by Ronin
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To: freedumb2003
Don't bring a skiff to a whaler fight, sweeties.

Don't bring a bullhorn to a harpoon gun fight. Hahahaha

36 posted on 01/06/2010 1:42:53 AM PST by OrangeHoof ("Barack Obama" is Swahili for "Bend over suckahs".)
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To: naturalman1975

The Japanese stayed on course, and the Ady Gil deliberately crossed their T at point blank range.

The crew of the Ady Gil carried out this insane act of aggression in a lethally unforgiving part of the Ocean. They should be tried and hung as pirates.


37 posted on 01/06/2010 2:14:24 AM PST by agere_contra
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68
"Good!..."

I agree, I caught it on the news this morning and started cracking up when I saw what they did. There is no question that they intentionally sank their own boat, they ran it right into the front of the whaler, completely intentional. They tried to use the excuse that the engine died, but they sure got it in reverse and backed away the instant it took the very tip of their bow off.

My wife won't let me watch their show on TV anymore, she is tired of me yelling "SINK THEM, just turn AND SINK THEM!" and waking the kids up...

38 posted on 01/06/2010 4:35:58 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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I absolutely despise the “save the whales” crowd. These people are terrorists/pirates, shoot them and throw them overboard to the sharks!


39 posted on 01/06/2010 5:27:24 AM PST by ezsmoke
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To: ezsmoke
"I absolutely despise the “save the whales” crowd. shoot them and throw them overboard to the sharks!"

Guess you'd start with this guy? President Ronald Reagan

In 1976, the quota for Southern Hemisphere Bryde's whales was set to zero by the IWC. However, Japan proceded to take 225 of them during the 76-77 season by issuing itself a permit to take whales for scientific research under Article VIII of the ICRW. Following this event, the IWC recommended all future applications of Article VIII be reviewed by the IWC scientific committee.

In 1986, Japan introduced a similar proposal and later issued itself a scientific permit to take 825 minke whales and 50 sperm whales every year for ten years. Despite the fact that the IWC scientific committee rejected its research proposals Japan continued whaling.

The IWC adopted a resolution in 1987 recommending Japan not proceed until disagreements over its research proposals were resolved. A second resolution was also adopted on February 14, 1988 recommending Japan not proceed. On February 9, 1988 Japanese whalers killed the first minke whale in Antarctic waters under the new "self issued research whaling" permit.

President Ronald Reagan responded by cutting off Japanese fishing privileges in U.S. waters on April 6, 1988 under the Packwood-Magnuson Amendment.

President Ronald Reagan: "Given the lack of any evidence that Japan is bringing its whaling activities into conformance with the recommendations of the IWC, I am directing the Secretary of State under the Packwood-Magnuson Amendment to withhold 100 percent of the fishing privileges that would otherwise be available to Japan in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone. Japan has requested the opportunity to fish for 3,000 metric tons of sea snails and 5,000 metric tons of Pacific whiting. These requests will be denied. In addition, Japan will be barred from any future allocations of fishing privileges for any other species, including Pacific cod, until the Secretary of Commerce determines that the situation has been corrected." - U.S. President Ronald Reagan, 1988

41 posted on 01/06/2010 7:22:50 AM PST by anglian
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To: anglian

Thank you for posting a picture. I think that the whales are conscious creatures and it sickens me to see them hunted like this.


42 posted on 01/06/2010 7:23:31 AM PST by Danae (No political party should pick candidates. That's the voters job.)
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To: Angry_White_Man_Syndrome

Might give you a good laugh today.


43 posted on 01/06/2010 7:26:12 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: anglian

Meat doesn’t come from styrofoam packages ..


44 posted on 01/06/2010 7:27:26 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Danae
"A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy"

-Ingrid Newkirk

45 posted on 01/06/2010 7:30:50 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Bad analogy. I didn’t say they were human. I said they were conscious. They are, and they know they are. That distinction makes a great deal of difference. It would be like Aliens hunting us. Our consciousness is different than theirs (if they exist) but no less valid or real. We make a grave error in our arrogance, in assuming that because they do not think or live like we do, that they are somehow less.


46 posted on 01/06/2010 7:52:18 AM PST by Danae (No political party should pick candidates. That's the voters job.)
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To: naturalman1975

Piracy and ocean combat come in many forms. The “protesters” were acting as enemy agents.

Don’t go on the open seas and pick a fight and then come crying for mommy.


47 posted on 01/06/2010 8:04:50 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: FrPR

So is this “poaching” legal because it happened in open water? Certainly they have to traffic the animal somewhere that would fall under the same regulations against killing the animal.


48 posted on 01/06/2010 8:15:05 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

“Meat doesn’t come from styrofoam packages” Nor do we still ride in buggys. Massive subsidies - CHECK ‘Cornhusker Kickback’ and “Louisiana Purchase type” deals by Japanese whaling fleet/owners - CHECK And MUCH more. Here’s a very meaty book on the subject. http://books.google.com/books?id=hJPRiQFhCFIC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_v2_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q=&f=false


49 posted on 01/06/2010 8:15:48 AM PST by anglian
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To: Abathar
There is no question that they intentionally sank their own boat, they ran it right into the front of the whaler, completely intentional.

How much longer before the ecoterrorists stage a suicide bombing run at one of the whalers (like the attack on the USS Cole)?

And there are ecoterrorists who do engage in bombings and arson and violent acts of sabotage.

50 posted on 01/06/2010 8:16:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Beware the Green Menace, the socialists warning you of global warming under your bed are hysteric.)
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