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.