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Whaler, activist ship collide again off Antarctica

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  1. slewfoot

    slewfoot Random Mayhem

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100206/ap_on_re_as/as_antarctica_whaling


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    In this photo released by Sea Shepherd, anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd's ship the Bob Barker, left, …



    By ROHAN SULLIVAN, Associated Press Writer Rohan Sullivan, Associated Press Writer – 2 hrs 11 mins ago

    SYDNEY – The anti-whaling ship the Bob Barker and a Japanese harpoon boat collided Saturday in the icy waters off Antarctica — the second major clash this year in the increasingly aggressive confrontations between conservationists and the whaling fleet.

    No one was injured in the latest smash-up, for which each side blamed the other.

    The U.S.-based activist group Sea Shepherd, which sends vessels to confront the Japanese fleet each year, said the Japanese ship deliberately rammed the Bob Barker — named after the U.S. game show host who donated millions to buy it for the anti-whaling group.

    However, Japan's Fisheries Agency said the activist boat caused the collision by suddenly approaching the harpoon vessel No. 3 Yushin Maru to throw bottles containing butyric acid in an attempted attack on the Japanese ship.

    The Japanese agency accused Sea Shepherd of "committing an act of sabotage" on the Japanese expedition, noting that it is allowed under world whaling restrictions as a scientific expedition. Conservationists call the annual hunt a cover for commercial whaling.

    "We will not tolerate the dangerous activity that threatens Japanese whaling ships and endangers the lives of their crew members," it said in a statement late Saturday.

    Neither side's account could be verified. Video shot from the Bob Barker and released by Sea Shepherd shows the two ships side by side moving quickly through the water. The ships come closer together and the Japanese ship then appears to turn away, but its stern swings sharply toward the Bob Barker. The collision is obscured by spray, but a loud clanging noise can be heard before the vessels separate.

    Saturday's collision was the second this year between a Sea Shepherd boat and the Japanese fleet.

    On Jan. 6, a Japanese whaler struck Sea Shepherd's high-tech speed boat Ady Gil and sheared off its nose. The Bob Barker then came to rescue the crew of the Ady Gil, which sank a day later.

    Sea Shepherd and the whalers have faced off in Antarctic waters for the past few years over Japan's annual whale hunt, with each side accusing the other of acting in increasingly dangerous ways.

    Sea Shepherd activists try to block the whalers from firing harpoons, and they dangle ropes in the water to try to snarl the Japanese ships' propellers. They also hurl packets of stinking rancid butter at their rivals. The whalers have responded by firing water cannons and sonar devices meant to disorient the activists. Collisions have occurred occasionally.

    Japan aims to take hundreds of whales each year — mainly minke whales, which are not endangered — under a program that is allowed despite the international moratorium on killing whales because it is done in the name of science. Critics say the scientific program is a front for commercial whaling, and much of the meat is eaten.

    On Saturday, the Bob Barker found the whaling fleet for the first time since the time of the Ady Gil clash, Watson said.

    Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson said by satellite telephone on Saturday that the Bob Barker took up a position behind the Nisshin Maru — the Japanese factory ship where dead whales are hauled aboard and butchered — so the four harpoon vessels could not reach it, he said.

    "The harpoon ships started circling like sharks," Watson told The Associated Press from his ship, the Steve Irwin. "They were making near passes to the stern and the bow of the Bob Barker, then the Yushin Maru 3 intentionally rammed the Bob Barker."

    The Bob Barker sustained a 3-ft. long, 4-inch wide (1-meter long, 10-centimeter) gash in its hull. Welders aboard the ship were already working on patching the hole, and the Bob Barker would resume its pursuit of the whalers, Watson said.

    Watson said the Yushin Maru 3 appeared to stop moving after the collision and had not been seen by the Bob Barker's crew to have moved since, suggesting it also may have been damaged.

    The Japanese fisheries statement said the Bob Barker caused the collision by coming in too close to throw butyric acid — smelly, rancid butter that spoils whale meat — onto the Japanese vessel. "The No. 3 Yushin Maru immediately moved away to avert a collision, but it was grazed in its tail area," the Fisheries Agency statement said.

    The clash caused No. 3 Yushin Maru minor damage — its railing was slightly bent — but involved no injuries among crewmembers, the agency said.

    The governments of Australia and New Zealand, which have responsibility for maritime rescue in the area where the hunt is usually conducted, say the fight between the two sides is becoming increasingly dangerous and have repeatedly urged them to tone it down.


    Sounds like another attempt to gain viewer ratings for next season's shows.

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  2. ddbtoth

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    Bumper boats for Tards?
     

  3. G36's Rule

    G36's Rule Senior Member

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    This conflict will not end well.
     
  4. Scared_of_zombies

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    This is starting to get interesting.
     
  5. FullClip

    FullClip NRA Benefactor CLM

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    Although I've proposed the return to whale oil as another alternative "green" renewable energy source, my idea hasn't had much success.:whistling:

    Regarding the Seashep-tards harrassing ships at sea, I hope that some common sense prevails and the yuppies on the Bob Barker are held reliable for their acts.

    By the way....whale meat is pretty good. It tastes a lot like.............




















    dolphin.
     
  6. the iceman

    the iceman Proud Veteran CLM

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    It's too bad Japan doesn't have a navy.

    Nothing says don't **** with me better than an escort by a naval ship.
     
  7. paulbow

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    To bad it didn't sink.
     
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    My thoughts exactly. It's only a matter of time before people die. I hope the only lives lost are the terrorists.
     
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    Westicle Canadian... Eh

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    Sea Shepard needs to be labeled as a Terrorist Org. and they need thier funding slashed.
     
  10. Javelin

    Javelin Got Glock? Silver Member

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    **** the Japanese and their lies and screw these liberal hippies. Maybe we get lucky and they both sink.
     
  11. javelinadave

    javelinadave Hebrew Hammer

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    In the words of Mr. T............. "That ain't no lie!"

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  12. mike7465

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    I think that the saddest part of this story is that it is absolute proof that there are no more ninjas. Think of how cool of a movie scene this would make...
    Ninjas climbing up out of the icy water, to silently take out the crew of the Bob Barker. Throwing stars flying out of the darkness that cause instant death with pin point accuracy. The bodies of the crew, dropped off the side of the boat to be food for the sharks, while the boat is sent on auto pilot to a far away location. It blows up 1000 miles away from the scene of the kill and sinks to the depths......

    This movie would make millions and be a pretty low budget...
     
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    I didn't realize that Bob Barker was such a flake - I figured him to be arrogant, but not a flake that shelled out millions of $$$$ for something like this.
     
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    DWARREN123 Grumpy Old Guy

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    A nice little 5 inch gun on the whaler would help them out.
    Tards can't drive a boat!
     
  15. E-2-E

    E-2-E Long Trail

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    Maybe the Somali pirates should be cruising the waters around those terrorist. Bob Barker would pay the ransom just to keep up the fight.
     
  16. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

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    One of these days they're gonna cross the wrong whaler and find some nice .308 sniper fire headed for their bridge.

    Would also be real funny if it got sunk while their little helicopter was airborne and suddenly had no where to land.

    Reminds me of the South Park episode and the way they mocked that inbred slackjawed ineffective captain.

    Sonner or later, the Bob Barker will be on the bottom. :wavey:

    I will tape that episode...and play it at parties.
     
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    Or sitting there in "open seas" nothing around, and all of the sudden your dwarfed by a sub that just came from under the water...:whistling:
     
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    Carrys Inquisitive

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    Whatever one's "ecological beliefs" are, it's difficult to pull for anyone who commits acts of piracy like these goobers do.

    Notice how it's always the "nonviolent", "good natured", and oh so "sensible folks" who always revert to acts of violence when they don't get their way? The people have noticed it as well, they just don't believe or agree with the pirates any longer. At least not with their tactics. Even if they do agree with their stated aims, they don't believe in using acts of piracy and/or violence to achieve the goal. The people seem to realize that if a ship is sunk, the goobers will try to turn it into some sort of add campaign to suit their purposes.

    Not cool, and defiantly not smart. But that's the fringe's way, isn't it, any act is justified by having an "honorable" goal? Even to the point of murder, as was recently shown with the killing of that abortion Doctor (please, don't open that can of worms). I can commit any act, just as long as my personal beliefs are "at ease" with it **sigh**.

    Shucks, just look around you.
     
  19. Hef

    Hef Stop Obammunism

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    Somebody needs to sink their damn boat and let nature have it's way with everyone on board. Next time this happens, the Japs ought to turn their harpoons on their attackers and chum the water with whoever they've stuck.

    I hate pirates, whether they're Somali or Berkeley.