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Japanese Whalers Ram the SSCS Vessel the Ady Gil, Which Is Now Sinking. However, We Secretly Got Another Ship that Rescued the Crew and Caught the Japanese Fleet. Smirk.

The Ady Gil

The Ady Gil

The Sea Shepherd fleet has been chasing the Japanese whaling fleet in Antarctica for about a month now, continually fighting off attacks from the harpoon vessel the Shonan Maru No. 2. Yesterday revealed quite a bit about the players on both sides of the conflict.

The Japanese harpoon ship Shonan Maru No. 2 rammed the tiny Sea Shepherd vessel Ady Gil. The attack ripped about eight feet of the Ady Gil’s bow completely off the ship. The Ady Gil is sinking and will, most likely, be unsalvageable. As the Ady Gil lurched during the ramming and the crew struggled to keep from falling overboard, the Shonan Maru No. 2 fired high-powered water cannons at the teetering Sea Shepherd members while shooting their LRAD at the Ady Gil. View video of the attack here.

At first the Japanese did not acknowledge the Ady Gil’s post-attack distress signal. The Nisshin Maru finally acknowledged the signal without offering assistance to the ship sinking in Antarctica.

This behavior is getting a bit lethal for even the Japanese Antarctic crew. Even when they chucked grenades at my friends and I on the Steve Irwin two years ago, they weren’t quite so brazen about trying to cause fatalities. New attacks like these suggest they’re more malevolent towards humans than even we thought.

Luckily, the Japanese didn’t know that Sea Shepherd has secretly acquired a third ship for the fleet this year, which has now caught up with the Japanese fleet and rescued the six crew members of the sinking Ady Gil. I’m personally quite glad my friends are now safe and not sinking alone in Antarctica.

Perhaps understandably, the people of Australia are a tad annoyed that their federal government is letting the Japanese sink a ship full of Australians with impunity.

The Australian people and the Green Party of Australia have been wonderful, level-headed supporters of Sea Shepherd, and we think they have a right to be miffed about the Australian aid given to the Japanese whalers to help them attack Australians.

Update: This post at first stated that the Ady Gil wasn’t moving when the Shonan Maru No. 2 rammed and dragged the Ady’s bow before ripping it off. I since removed that statement because the debate of “was it moving?” became everyone’s sole focus of the attack. I’m keeping that statement off since the rest of the post seems to go unread if that statement is in, even though I stand by Captain Chuck Swift. But in case people are still curious to see if the Shonan Maru No. 2 actually did swerve to hit the Ady, here’s video of the ramming from the point of view of the vessel the Bob Barker.


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    Suggest you get your facts correct THIS is NOT true: “While the Sea Shepherd vessel Ady Gil was sitting dead in the water, the Japanese harpoon ship Shonan Maru No. 2 took the opportunity to ram the tiny Ady Gil” I hate whaling, but by not telling the truth you will lose support. It has been established that the Ady Gill sped up and put herself in front of the Jap ship (look at the increased turbulance from rear of Ady Gill) please keep to truth

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    if you guys didn’t lie about the Ady Gil setting idle maybe you would find some supporters. It is obvious from the Jap vid that the Ady accelerated briskly into the Jap ship and don’t try the BS about trying to turn right away from the Jap ship. Check the vid from the Japs at 15 sec in. The hard thrust by the Ady is obvious. When the rudder comes out of the water, it is pointed straight forward. You are acting as pirates and as such, I would suggest the Japs have the right to use lethal force to defend themselves. Not a pro whaler but when you break the law to try to enforce the law, you too become a criminal.

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    you bought the ticket, you take the ride….

    engaging in hostile activities, on both sides, will result in these types of incidents… play or go home…

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    If you watch the Video from Cetacean the you are correct Ady looks like it moves infront of the Shoan..But if you look at th Video from the Bob Barker its clear that the Shoan Turned towards the Ady as both port/starboard sides of the ship are seen

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    David B

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    Ref 4, above. So Ady was not sitting dead in the water? this has to be sorted as it’s going to get bad press

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    If it is moving, then I retract the statement it was dead in the water. I don’t know if it was moving or not for a fact. A “rudder pointed forward” unfortunately just tells which way the ship will go when propelled, but does not say if the vessel is actually propelled. To avoid controversy I’m removing the line; I made the statement going by eyewitness Captain Chuck Swift on the vessel named the Bob Barker, who stated the attack happened while the vessels were dead in the water. Sea Shepherd has more of the incident filmed I believe, so this can be settled once the footage comes back to shore.

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    Dave Evans

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    So this man is a liar!:”eyewitness Captain Chuck Swift on the vessel named the Bob Barker, who stated the attack happened while the vessels were dead in the water. Sea Shepherd has more of the incident filmed I believe, so this can be settled once the footage comes back to shore.”
    Look on the great many web sites – it’s all there!

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    Rebecca Reid

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    I’ve been surfing news articles on this incident and it’s funny how the same people keep turning up everywhere with the same comments, and they’re all pro-whalers suddenly appearing on enviro and vegan sites (the “you bought the ticket, you take the ride” one is making the rounds). It seems like there’s a mini-online campaign going on to support the Shonan Maru’s action… Hmm. Anyone who genuinely feels on the fence about this needs to wait for the video to be analyzed and to consider the real ethical issues actually at stake here. Personally I don’t care what the Ady Gil’s position was, the Sea Shepherds are the ones out there defending the whale population against illegal whaling, so yeah, they took the “ride” and millions of us are glad they did. And they’re not making huge profits for themselves under the guise of “research.” I’m making a special donation to Sea Shepherd and anyone else who is appalled by this incident should do the same.

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    was already mad at the cruel swedish firm & now this!had to make a spl donation of solidarity

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    Who rammed who?
    Doesn’t matter to me. The Japanese slaughter these huge mammals every year without the moral outrage this practice deserves.
    Everytime this happens, I protest to the Japanese Embassy.
    If everyone protested this, it would stop, hopefully before the whales become extinct.

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    While I took off the not-moving part because people kept concentrating on that debate, here’s footage from Captain Chuck Swift’s POV.

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    The undying issue of the Ady Gil sea tragedy was all over the news. Though the aims of Sea Shepherd are noble, the ramming of the Ady Gil was predictable. It’s doubtful she will sail again. You see, Japanese whaling, though unpopular and wrong, is still an industry, and when you mess with a persons’ livelihood they WILL retaliate. I wouldn’t be surprised if we find a few Sea Shepherds floating in the Antarctic Ocean with a bullet in the back in the near future.