UPDATE: The Sea Shepherd website and various news reports state that the speedboat "Ady Gil" has apparently sunk.
A record-setting stealth boat ended up with a smashed bow during a violent encounter with a Japanese whaling vessel. The stunning collision was captured on film from the Japanese ship, as environmentalists attempted to harass the whaling fleet in Antarctica. A second video taken by the ship Bob Barker shows a different view of the crash.
The "Ady Gil" broke the world record for the fastest powerboat to circle the globe in 2008, and boasts radar-deflecting paint that can disguise its approach. It could also supposedly travel at 46 mph and dive under the waves completely at times. But those capabilities don't seem to have helped the speedboat in its encounter with a much larger ship.
All that sweet marine technology became part of a controversial anti-whaling campaign by the Sea Shepherds, an environmental group founded by a former Greenpeace member. Greenpeace has criticized the Sea Shepherds for reckless, confrontational tactics that endanger the lives of both fishermen and whalers, according to the UK Metro.
The Japanese whalers accuse the activists of attempting to tangle their propeller with a rope, the BBC reports. Campaigners for the Sea Shepherds also say that they threw chemicals onto the whaling boat.
Following the smashup, The Guardian reports that the crew of the "Ady Gil" has been transferred to another Sea Shepherds vessel, and that the speedboat continues to take on water as the captain tries to salvage some supplies.
Whaling dispute aside, it'd be a shame to see such a splendid craft slip beneath the waves forever.
[via The Guardian]
the boat looks like it is from batman
Yah but batman's boat would have destroyed the whaling boat
Its sad to see the boat destroyed but I completely support what they are trying to accomplish. The whalers are disgusting , whaling should not be alloyed to continue . The only way it will stop is if people fight against it if not it will stop on its own because its unsustainable . This would be a sad end for sure
Good job whalers. While I do not support whaling I am strongly against the eco-terrorist and thier tactics. Human nature is to do something that someone else says is wrong and that you must stop immedateily...the best way to go about ending whaling is through education and time...whale meat consumption is on the decline in Japan, in part because of changing values through education and in part becuase of natural sociatal evolution.
agrees with caradoc01. if you watch the video you clearly see the eco-ship run-into the whaling ship, and bounce off like the piece of crap it is. who makes a ship out of plywood that is going to intercept another ship?
Supporting the illegal methods used by Sea Shepherds is akin to supporting the bombing of abortion clinics. It's dangerous and stupid, and the leader of this organization deserves any loss of property or life caused by his dangerous activities, just as a bomber who blows himself up deserves no sympathy. It's too bad that the Guardian didn't show the rest of the tape, but that's to be expected from that publication.
Get real. If the so-called eco-terrorists were to decide to break the law, they would stop whaling instantly.
If they were to start destroying whale boats, I'd fully support them.
You can clearly see in the video by the turbulence created behind the speed boat that the terrorists intentionally drove into the Japanese science vessel probably to gain sympathy from the public. The just forgot that they are not the only ones that own cameras.
kstauff , Your comment does not make a correct comparison. Bombing abortion clinics? Sea Shepard is not killing any innocent people to stand for their cause. They are risking their property and lives to hinder the whalers from whaling. Sea Shepard uses tactics that are meant to preserve human life. Otherwise why not bomb the vessels like an abortion clinic , like you think they would do? That video tape was filmed from the Japanese vessel and still appears the Japanese tried to run them over. What else is there to see? You see them hit them and pull away. The Japanese are hiding behind the law to harpoon the whales for so called "scientific research" and sell for millions of dollars. Their motives are not to research the whales , but they do it because it's the only way they can kill them and profit. They are doing an amazing thing protecting a rare and majestic animal. I support them fully and would join them if I could.
killing whales and destroying boats, batman would not be happy with japan...
Dano, did you read what was article? How about you put your ideaology aside and READ for once. Even the author wrote "All that sweet marine technology became part of a controversial anti-whaling campaign by the Sea Shepherds, an environmental group founded by a former Greenpeace member. Greenpeace has criticized the Sea Shepherds for reckless, confrontational tactics that endanger the lives of both fishermen and whalers, according to the UK Metro."
Which is clearly opposite of what you said. They DO INTENTIONALLY ENDANGER the whales and the fisherman. It is people like you that are the cause of so many problems in society. Kstauff was dead on with his analogy.
Greenpeace can criticize all they want he is one of their own. Paul Watson "founder of Sea Shepard" was one of Greenpeace's earliest members and a founder. He is a leader and has accomplished more in his antiwhaling campaign than Greenpeace has in it's. Alot of what is said about the Sea Shepards violence in not true and is said to discredit them. I don't understand how you can support the killing of the whales? "Please Stop Whaling" letters , people like you send out obviously aren't working. Greenpeace spends their time writing about antiwhaling and criticizing , Paul Watson is out physically and passionately doing something about it. He has brought more attention to antiwhaling then any Greenpeace member ever has. Maybe YOU should READ more about him before you post.
"You can clearly see in the video by the turbulence created behind the speed boat that the terrorists intentionally drove into the Japanese science vessel probably to gain sympathy from the public. The just forgot that they are not the only ones that own cameras."
ROLF, "...Japanese science vessel...", that's a good one!
I can't wait to read the Japanese scientific report that proves once and for all that YES, driving a harpoon into a whale does in fact kill it.
Besides, the second video clear shows the Japanese swerving in, ramming the ECO-Boat and then swerving away again.
While I do not agree with Sea Shepherd's more reckless and dangerous confrontational methods, I understand their view of how horrific whaling is. There is no scientific value in what the Japanes whalers are doing, and their actions are completely devoid of reason or compassion, particularly in this century. Whaling must stop, and it should be opposed with any method short of violence.
does anybody notice in the 2nd video it seems like the whalers turned into the boat?
you wanna talk about illegal, how about attempted international murder.
which surprises me that whale murder isnt outlawed by every nation in the world... i hate being human sometimes..
what happens in international waters, stays in international waters.
you know i bet kstaff is japense
and ther for bias so its void
but the whaler did run into that boat
Does anyone here understand the Law of Conservation of Momentum? If these douches run their boat back and forth in front of a 30000 ton ship, they shouldn't be surprised if they're hit. Boats, especially large ones at full steam, do not stop or turn on a dime. There was nothing they could do, and an experienced captain like Watson knows *exactly* what he's doing when he puts the lives of his seamen at stake doing these kinds of stunts. In fact, I would suppose it's entirely possible that he'd LIKE a serious injury or death to draw attention to his cause. Really, how naive are you people?
K, I believe it is time for us to take a bow. I guess ignorance is bliss.
Screw 'em both!
The misinformation is rampant over the Japanese whalers..
#1. The whales they hunt are NOT endangered in any sense of the word.
#2. It is very sustainable simply for the fact that whales are not hunted by every country on earth anymore, unlike years past that forced many types of whales near extinction.
#3. This crash goes just as Sea Shepherd had planned. The Japanese are being unfairly portrayed as bloodthirsty savages that care for no one, which is complete and utter bullshit. The propaganda does work well with highly impressionable/weak people however.
#4. Not mentioned in the above, but constantly mentioned in the Aussie press is that the area is supposedly Australian Territory. Which the Australians do claim a vast portion of Antarctica as their own, and with it they claim 200 miles from shore as their exclusive economic zone. Although that claim is not internationally recognized. In fact, only 4 nations back Australia's territorial claim in Antarctica. None support their claim of the waters surrounding it. So sorry, not Aussie territory.
If people really want to make a difference, stop with the eco-terrorism and racist hate toward the Japanese. The political tensions between Australia and Japan over this issue is utterly retarded. Incompetent morons are calling for Japanese blood to be spilled over whaling. Which should be considered far worse in a normal human being's mind.
Patrick Moore Founder of Greenpeace (see Wikipedia) bailed from Greenpeace when they were taken over by socialist anti-estab zelots. Look at the propulsion and motor exhaust in the back of the Greenpeace boat. The Greenpeace boat has far more manoeuvrability, was fully powered and apparently had someone at the helm. The larger "evil whaling boat" has less manoeuvrability and the smaller boat had ample time to avoid the collision (yes the whaler sounded the collision warning alarm). If you play chicken at sea and insist on a hit, you will get it. Get the facts straight. Greenpeace has gone through a complete regime change from it's beginning.
Moore left Greenpeace entirely in early 1986, after a falling-out that began in 1977, and established a family salmon farming business, Quatsino Seafarms, at his family home in Winter Harbour. In 1986 he was elected president of the British Columbia Salmon Farmers Association.
While I don't agree with Sea Shepherd's policies of dangerous confrontation (as I've previously stated), the status of whales as endangered or otherwise is beside the point -- killing a species which may be only slightly less intelligent than humans is barbaric. It is also not a racial hatred towards the Japanese that motivates this sentiment in most anti-whaling advocates -- Norway is also the subject of much criticism for this, and to a much lesser extent (due to even more cultural sensitivity)the indigenous hunting of whales by peoples of the Arctic.
You'll have agreement from me so far as protecting human life is concerned, but don't play the race card to try to confuse the issue of morality when it comes to slaughtering cetaceans -- there is no need for it, and it diminishes us as a species when we engage in killing whales when our own survival is not at stake.
They're intelligence is also their achilles heel. Their big brains. Big tasty brains. Brains... Brains.....
Whaling is just another form of hunting.. Just cause you think whales are beautiful and magestic creatures doesnt make them any less edible. They are just like deer, elk, and cows, a viable source of protein. Modern Whaling operations hunt whales at sustainable rates, and as others have stated it is on the decline. That being said the Sea Shepherd's are eco terrorists. In that show Whale Wars they would go on and on about how violent and blood thirsty the japanese whalers are... right before they run their boat into a whaling ship. In this case the batboat is a much cmaller, faster, and more menuverable vessel they could have easily avoided any collisions with a large and slow whaling ship, But they didnt. Either as a pubicity stunt or out of shear stupidity, my guess is the latter, they crashed their boat and sunk it