Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Japanese Whaling Ship Crushes Super-Action Activist Boat

Holy shit! A Japanese whaling ship, the Nisshin Maru, totally totaled the Ady Gil, a space-age water craft used by anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd, in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica. "The Ady Gil is believed to be sinking and chances of salvage are very grim," Sea Shepherd said in a statement this morning, though nearby nearby boats rescued all six crew members.

The Japanese whalers describe the Ady Gil as an attack vessel, saying it came dangerously close to their ship in efforts to tangle its rudder in rope. The Ady Gil also launched stink bombs at the Nisshin Maru, while the Nisshin Maru sprayed them with high-power water hoses. "The Sea Shepherd extremism is becoming more violent…" said Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research in a statement. "Their actions are nothing but felonious behaviour."

Saving the whales is a dangerous business. But clearly very exciting. And you get to drive boss-ass boats that look like the Batmobile.

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DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

I saw a TV special about these guys, and

1) Holy shit they are insane
2) Holy shit they are awesome
3) Holy shit they are insane

Also I've been reading Cryptonomicon and have a nigh-irresistible urge to saying something about "FUCKIN NIPS."

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Also take your 13% unique pageview bonus and gamble it on whoever said "oldstyle numerals!" because damn it they deserve a hug and a bottle of scotch.

Maevemealone (#968)

That WAS one seriously bad ass boat. But in trying to watch several episodes of Whale Wars, these Sea Shepherds are the most non-seaworthy folks ever on the high seas. Watching a helicopter take off and having the discussion of "he said he's flown one before" made me change the channel and hope to gawd whales are even smarter than we think they are.

sunnyciegos (#551)

There's a reason Paul Watson has been kicked out of pretty much every other animal-saving organization.

lawyergay (#220)

OMG that cute crab with the dots on it is totally fucked.

dado (#102)

If Hayden Panitierre were on that boat I would care about their fate a little less.

Chairman Meow (#820)

Isn't this the same whaling ship that figured prominently in Matthew Barney's Drawing Restraint 9?

The one and the same!

HiredGoons (#603)

I hope they got a license plate number.

kneetoe (#1,881)

And I hope the other party is insured.

Clare (#516)

I imagine the unseen guy talking on the video is just repeating "FUCKING HIPPIES!" over and over in Japanese.

Monstronaut (#2,549)

While on the Ady Gil: "Dudes, where is the reverse button? Dudes? DUDES!!!!"

Ralphie (#1,886)

I'm not for killing them but whales really should lose the weight.

First Thought: I read the name of the boat as the Andy Gill, one of the founding members of the Gang of Four, which would be really cool.

Second Thought: Those Japanese whalers just sank the Bat-Boat!

Dave Bry (#422)

I had that first thought too. And I thought, who is Andy Gill again? But I grew up with a kid named "Andy Goss" and a science teacher named "Mrs. Gill," so I figured I was just splicing them. This is all very important. But, hey, Gang of Four! Awesome.

El Matardillo (#586)

The Sea Shepard is lucky it hasn't yet been deliberately sunk by the Japanese Coast Guard, which is no doubt the next event on the menu.

slinkimalinki (#182)

to be fair, antarctica is slightly out of range for the japanese coast guard.

El Matardillo (#586)

If the whaling fleet can get there, so can the coast guard.

The last blast from the water cannon was a bit of overkill, no?

hazmathilda (#839)

I just saw the Batmobile get smushed by the boat from Drawing Restraint 9? GOOD DAY.

lawyergay (#220)

I get it that that fat, white-haired fuck who runs the Sea Shepherd is kind of obnoxious with his whorish pursuit of media, but c'mon! Whales! As in saving the!

Japan goes on an annual whale hunt that takes hundreds upon hundreds of animals, all of which are endangered, and some of which, like the humpback, are perennially on the verge of extinction.

This is all done in the name of scientific research. Researching what, exactly? How much better a minke whale tastes if you stir-fry its blubber over a slightly lower heat and add the soy saucer earlier?

You're telling me that one of the most technologically advanced societies in human history still needs to figure out stuff about whales that involves harvesting the fuck out of them?

The Sea Shepherd guy may be obnoxious, but those Japanese whalers are complete and utter dicks.

Dave Bry (#422)

I tend to agree. Whales should not be harvested. Like Cheech and Chong said, shoot the seals!

Fifi (#1,639)

Also the old joke: Save the whales; collect the entire set!

Tulletilsynet (#333)

The research is real, actually, but mostly directed towards answering the question: When will it be okay for us to start harvesting large numbers of whales again?, pretty much as LG suggests. One popular topic of whaling research is: What are whales eating these days (cut open bellies & count) and how would it affect the ecosystem if these whales should overbreed and overeat?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Also, why should whales not be harvested?

Dave Bry (#422)

Hmm. Endangered ones should not be harvested for obvious reasons. For the species that are not endangered, I guess I can't really defend the statement on principle. I mean, I love fois gras. But whales are so great. So beautiful and smart and all. They'd be one of the last types of animals I'd choose to kill for the good of humans. But again: I support the killing of animals for the good of humans.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

The Japanese whalers (the "researchers") get to harvest 440 minke whales a year, which is less than half a thousandth of the relevant Southern Hemisphere population ( Norwegians get about 500 per year.

For the size of an individual minke whale, see

Pulp (#1,885)

Fucking co-sign. Though to give the Japanese credit, the Institute of Cetacean Research is the kind of name that would make George Orwell proud.

ALSO, Fun Fact: The Nisshin Maru is the only factory ship remaining in the ocean and it's where smaller ships take whales to cut them into pieces! Oh, and do "research".

DoctorDisaster (#1,970)

Drop the "kind of" qualifier on "obnoxious" and I couldn't agree more.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Never mind the way he uses the media. He endangers seafarers' lives (I don't mean the lives of his own zealots) every time he makes one of his quixotic attacks.

By the way, whale steak is … just barely better than bear meat, even if prepared well. Worthy of a Balk recipe. For what it's worth, no species of whale is in danger of extinction by ruthless foodies. Norwegians and Japanese don't even actually like it all that much.

Ralphie (#1,886)

Also if whales are as smart as everyone says then doesn't that mean they're suicidal anyway?

HiredGoons (#603)

explains the beaching.

blatanville (#860)

so…"Nisshin Maru" != "Kobayashi Maru"?

blatanville (#860)

…and, I'm sorry, but where does Maritime Law come down on this kind of behaviour? Is Japan at war with Sea Shepard? If not, I think they got some 'splainin' to do!

slinkimalinki (#182)

i once accidentally ate whale. it was tasteless.

lawyergay (#220)

Tulletilsynet: Endangered species like the minke whale and humpback whale shouldn't be harvested for the simple reason that they are endangered. I thought that went without saying.

If there were some delicious species of whale that needed to be culled for environmental reasons, for instance–and hypothetically speaking–the deer whale, then I would be all for that.

I would also be all for harvesting the fuck out of the human dumbass population, but, as a lawyer, I know that's illegal.

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Minke whales are not endangered. Stocks in certain areas (not the Antarctic) are considered "threatened."

Sutton (#1,490)

I'm all for saving the whales, but anyone who volunteers for Sea Shepherd needs to accept that Paul Watson cares a lot more about the whales than about his crew or any other humans.

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