Skip to comments.Anti-whalers launch kamikaze operation (Sea Shepherd pumps up next season's show)
Posted on 10/03/2011 4:41:12 AM PDT by tlb
RADICAL anti-whaling operation Sea Shepherd is promising dramatic attacks against Japanese whalers in coming months, with volunteers warning they're prepared to die for the cause.
The group has announced "Operation Divine Wind" against the Japanese whalers, who plan to begin their annual hunt in the Southern Ocean in December.
Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson promised on the group's Facebook page a "very dramatic and adventurous three months beginning in December".
The Sea Shepherd has become increasingly successful in recent years at disrupting the Japanese fleet.
Angered by the campaign, which reduced the catch, the Japanese government has injected $US27 million ($27.71 million) into the program to improve the safety for its crew.
Undeterred, Sea Shepherd announced it will send 100 volunteers to the Southern Ocean and is prepared to lose lives if necessary.
"They will have to kill us to prevent us from intervening once again," Capt Watson said.
"Are the Japanese people ready to take human lives in defence of this horrifically cruel and illegal slaughter of endangered and protected species of whales?
"If so, my answer to the Japanese Government is hoka hey - it's a good day to die."
He also accused Japan of continuing its whale program solely to save face against activist opposition.
"It now seems they are simply obsessed with killing whales not for need, and not for profit, but because they believe they have the right to do what they wish and kill whatever they wish in an established international whale sanctuary, just for the sake of defending their misplaced honour."
He claimed the program was a "smack in the face" to foreign nations that donated funds in the wake of Japan's killer tsunami.
Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research has yet to comment on the claims.
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>> “They will have to kill us to prevent us from intervening once again,” Capt Watson said.
Works for me.
Escalating violence at sea against the Japanese may just fulfill Paul Watson’s death wish.
Have you ever seen the “South Park” episode that pans these asshats?
It’s absolutely priceless.
Screw those friggin’ green weenies.
It would absolutely hysterical if a Japenese whaling ship plowed Capt. Watson, his crew and ship usunder beneath the deep blue sea. (I’m not saying it should happen; Just saying it would be funny.)
Man this is tough. I hate the whaling industry but I hate these green weenies even more.
The Japanese kill roughly 900 Minke whales, 100 Sei whales, 50 Bryde's whales, 10 Fin whales and three sperm whales each year.
Minke whales are not threatened. They are categorized "Least Concern", and there are about 660,000 Minke whales globally. The Japanese therefore harvest about 1 whale out of every 750 Minke whales.
Sei whales: Even though they are formally listed as endangered, there are an estimated 54,000 Sei whales. So the Japanese harvest 1 whale out of every 540. This is not a threat to extinction.
Bryde's whales: Japanese take 50 a year, and there are 100,000 of them globally.
Fin Whales: Japanese take 10 a year, and there are about 100,000 globally.
Sperm Whales: The Japanese harvest three a year. The world population of Sperm Whales is unknown, but is thought to be in the hundreds of thousands.
Hope this is helpful.
That's quite a despicable non-sequitur. Humanitarian aid in response to a disaster of unimaginable scale bears no relationship whatsoever to the whaling issue. Trying to link the two in order to win "points" is a particularly odious tactic.
Like many leftist activists, these guys may be driven in the single-minded pursuit of their goal, but they are just not all that smart or enlightened. Luckily those bozos are not in charge of other nations' humanitarian aid efforts.
The whalers should throw them a flensing knife and a manual on seppuku.
That South Park episode really got to them...
Works for me also.
Anybody trying to board another ship at ship is a pirate.
But what I’d love to see is the Japanese get some air powered deck guns that fire the same crap the green weenies are shooting - but bigger.
And put out some small boats with rope to foul the Sea Shepard’s props leaving it helpless in Arctic waters - since they said that’s an OK tactic also.
The green weenies have said by their use that it’s OK to use those tactics.
Discovery channel should go for some real ratings. Have Watson take on the Time Bandit... Crabs are people too, right?
These number aren’t a lot.
Personally I think there is a knee jerk reaction here to any animals or environmental group. It might surprise you, and it did surprise me, that mark levin and many other conservative leaders oppose whaling.
What’s the point? Not one wants to eat the meat, we’re well beyond using them for fuel. The article is right, this is probably nothing more than a japanese honor game.
How many of your fish and gamers out there believe we should do away with laws protecting game from over harvesting? Or would your depopulate the forests of deer and the lakes of bass too? Maybe your don’t care if your children get to hunt and fish, or see whales.
For any interested I'm taking a collection up to buy Commodore Watson a spiffy uniform worthy of his position as Captitan and Commander.
Lots of gold braid, deep blue wool with fine white piping. And well polished brass buttons! Knee length naturally and double-breasted to keep the Arctic chill out.
Finally some sort of hat, not a tri-corner or crew cap...I have it! A top hat! Positively smashing with more gold braid forming the words “Commode ad Hoc” as befits his dignity and authority.
More candidates for the Darwin Award on their way.
Read post six which debunks the notion that the japanese are wiping out the whales. Your comparison to eliminating fish and game laws is therefore, incorrect.
I watched the show last year and I don’t understand why the Japanese can’t come up with an anti prop-fouling device.
The Japs already plowed under their newest boat that Bob Barker bought for them. Believe it was worth over a million now down in Davy Jones locker.
Hope they know how to swim.
Jap whaling ships should start mounting 3” naval guns and take the greenie b@$t@rd$ out from four or five miles away.
It might be time for the Japanese Navy to conduct a training mission down there.
I’m a conservative but I side with the Sea Sheperd on this one, the Japanese claiming they need 900+ whales a year for research is ludicrous.
“Never f—k with another man’s livelihood.”
Wow...finally an episode worth tuning in for...
I don't see the difference between this, and piracy, except for the motivation. I say we treat them as pirates.
There are anti fouling blades that can be attached to small prop shafts to cut accidental fouling.
Deliberate, murderous attempts like Watson's deserve an RPG thru the bridge windows. A video record of a sinking is moot if it's at the bottom of the Southern Ocean, no survivors. It's not like the Japanese have never machine gunned a life boat...
So where's the down-side?
“It’s always easier to break something than it is to fix it. At sea, it’s ten times as hard to fix.”
Not fix, prevent. How about a retractable hook on the bow that extends down 10 ft and is deployed when the prop fowling boats appear. It would snag the fouling line and prevent it from reaching the prop? Or a simple keel like device just before the prop that would cause the fouling line to slide under the prop. Doesnt seem that hard to do.
yer too late
Looks like Captain Tuna, Chicken of the Sea.
“Im a conservative but I side with the Sea Sheperd on this one, the Japanese claiming they need 900+ whales a year for research is ludicrous.”
Back in the day, when I was in the Navy, we had a plan. If anyone attempted to board our ship, uninvited, we shot them, dead.
Piracy is illegal. Attempting to kill members of the crew of a ship, is very illegal, which is what the Sea Shepard does on every episode.
Legally speaking, I think it would be justified, for the Japanese whalers to poke them, with anything, into the sea, and if they drown, they drown. Self defense is legal, and justifiable in this case.
I am not a big fan of whaling, but apparently the Japanese are doing it legally, or else there would be sanctions put on them by the international community.
If I were the Japanese, I’d send one Navy ship out to escort the whalers, a ship with a deckgun, and a sniper. A shot or two across the bow would probably get the point across to those nutbags. If it didn’t, and if they decided to attack the whaling ships anyway, they should put a shot INTO the bow. Problem solved...
I did read those numvers and responded to them. A few hundred thousand isnt all that many. Especially when nature kills many of whales too. Japan signed agreements limiting whaling to science only.
"Curing a body of cancer requires radical and invasive therapy, and therefore, curing the biosphere of the human virus will also require a radical and invasive approach."
Exactly. They want to fly a pirate flag and publicly call themselves pirates? Make it so.