Sea Shepherd claims victory over whalers
Thu, 21 Feb 2013 8:25a.m.
By Kim Choe
Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says it has successfully put a stop to Japanese whaling operations in the Southern Ocean, with no more than 10 whales killed this season.
Sea Shepherd’s founder Paul Watson told Firstline the Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) called off its operations after yesterday’s collisions between the two groups’ ships.
Glenn Inwood, the ICR’s New Zealand spokesman, would not comment on Watson’s claims, saying he had not received any instructions from his client.
The conservation group says two of its vessels, the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, were rammed “multiple times” by Japan’s Nisshin Maru in an area north of Australia’s Casey Research Station in Antarctica.
Watson says the Sea Shepherd vessels were trying to stop the Nisshin Maru from refuelling, saying it is illegal to do so in that area.
“That worked for about two days and then they got frustrated and the Nisshin Maru moved in,” he says.
“It struck the Steve Irwin twice and pushed it away.”
He says the Japanese vessel then hit its own fuel tanker, the Sun Laurel before turning and “squeezing the Bob Barker against the Sun Laurel, hitting it multiple times and almost rolling it over”.
The Bob Barker took on water for 20 minutes, flooding the engine room. The ship’s mast was toppled and it lost its radar system.
Watson also alleges the Japanese crew threw stun grenades at the Sea Shepherd ships, but says no one was hurt.
He dismissed criticisms that Sea Shepherd was deliberately putting its ships and crew in danger.
“We were taking positions to blockade their approach – it was up to them not to initiate a ramming situation. They also hit our vessel the Sam Simon a little earlier, so in one hour they managed to hit three of hour ships plus hit their own tanker. For any vessel to negligently ram into a tanker, especially in these waters, is quite irresponsible and reckless. They should’ve just stayed their ground.”
Sea Shepherd’s Australian director Bob Brown had yesterday asked the Australian government to send naval ships to Antarctic waters to intervene in what he called a “gross breach of international law by the Japanese”, but Watson says he doesn’t believe that’s necessary now that the Japanese have called off their whaling operations.
Watson, who is on board the Steve Irwin, says Sea Shepherd vessels are now pursuing the Nisshin Maru in an easterly direction, but is unsure exactly where the ship is heading.
He says Sea Shepherd is determined to stick with the Japanese until the official end of the whaling season in about a month.
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10/03/2013 2:17:35 a.m.
Little Late wrote:
If you have the right to hunt for whales then we have the right to hunt for you.
27/02/2013 6:54:01 p.m.
I wish there was more gutsy people fighting for the rights of the other inhabitants of this planet that can't defend themselves. We are so apathetic, we are allowing the death of species all over the world, but I guess we will pay the final price.
PS I'm sure Steve Irwin would be happy to give his name over to people who believe in what they're doing and are making a difference, by being a nuisance to a company who until now have done what they like because governments around the world don't want to rock the boat excuse the pun.
23/02/2013 3:00:19 p.m.
I'm sure that Steve Irwin will be turning in his grave with the way these clowns are behaving on a boat that bears his name. How is it honouring his legacy if that clown Watson kills his crew?
23/02/2013 12:38:18 p.m.
DYANNE. Heroes with balls? Not in this case. Watson is only using Greenpeace to vent his personal vandalistic tendencies as he sees fit. As an international criminal sought by a number of countries he continues to flout the laws of the world and use a basically well intentioned organisation for his own gratification.
23/02/2013 11:03:43 a.m.
Agree with you WAKE Up. Watson is an attention seeking moron.
22/02/2013 5:17:00 p.m.
Hey "wake up" perhaps you should do just that! They were preparing to line up to refuel! It's morons like you that taint heros that have the balls to do more than talk! Get the facts!
22/02/2013 6:57:51 a.m.
Good job Paul and the crew.
Greetings from the Netherlands.
22/02/2013 3:05:52 a.m.
Vicki B wrote:
I commend the sea shepherd crew for their defence of whales. Whales are essential to all sea life as they are involved in the processes that help food supplies for all other fish. Why hasn't humanity shown some humanity and actually banded together to stop whaling. People will look back on this era (error) in our history and be appalled.
21/02/2013 9:14:59 p.m.
Wake up wrote:
How could that whaling boat that was getting re-fuelled ram into those sea shepherd boats WHILE IN THE REFUELLING PROCESS?
Paul Watson, you stupid moron.
21/02/2013 5:34:21 p.m.
Stuff the us court injuntion, infact screw anything to do with american law makers all together.America's military is actively commiting genocide all accross the planet!Go Sea Shepard, power to the real people! The human beings with a heart!Fact; more than 95% of whale meat caught and sold in japan isn't sold at all and ends up as waste! !
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