The latest development in eco-terrorist group Sea Shepherd’s campaign of piracy against Japan’s “scientific” whaling vessels is their new flagship vessel “sinking” after a spectacular collision with a whaling vessel.
Sea Shepherd’s latest acquisition was the Ady Gil, a former “eco-boat,” which with much fanfare they repurposed, its new mission being to sabotage Japan’s dubiously justified whaling operations.
However, a collision with the very ship they were targeting resulted in the ship’s bow being sheared off:
All 6 crew escaped without injury, with their stricken ship having to be abandoned – Sea Shepherd claim it is sinking.
The Japanese ship and crew were apparently unharmed.
Sea Shepherd claim their vessel was rammed in a deliberate effort by the whaling vessel to sink her (a claim which prompted Japan to release the above video), although they are silent as to how their highly maneuverable trimaran managed to end up in the path of the ship in the first place.
They also criticise the whalers for not coming to their aid, although another anti-whaling vessel is said to have accompanied them.
Their ship was apparently attempting to foul the propellers of the whaling ship using a rope, a technique of marine sabotage which generally requires a return to port to fix, at much reduced speeds:
They were also photographed shining a laser at the whaling ship, and readying a “projectile launcher”:
Although environmentalist groups and the international mass media generally fawn over their antics, which have included ramming, boarding and sabotaging ships in international waters, they are, unsurprisingly, generally regarded as little more than sanctimonious pirates by many Japanese, with 2ch gleefully rejoicing at their latest misfortune:
“Their ship looks so stupid I couldn’t help but laugh.”
“Serves those pirates right.”
“People are still going to blame Japan for this.”
“Quite an expensive gag they pulled there.”
“Wasn’t this the high speed ship they were bragging about?”
“It looks like a rejected idea from Batman.”
“The other side is saying the Japanese ship rammed them – a little hard to believe.”
“A taste of divine retribution for those Australian racists.”
“Marine terrorists ought to be arrested and punished.”
“They probably planned this from the start, with a ship to pick them up if they got into trouble.”
“If you look carefully, they’ve got a skull and crossbones on their ship. Pirates.”
“Japan’ll probably apologise anyway.”
“Just a performance to elicit more donations from their sponsors.”
“Isn’t the objective of these idiots just to play at sailors whilst raking in more money?”