Sea Shepherd Charges Japan with Piracy


Eco-terrorist group Sea Shepherd are bringing legal charges of piracy against the Japanese whaling vessel they recently attacked, after their crippled vessel was abandoned at sea, a loss of over a million dollars, in an incident the group is claiming was an intentional act of piracy by the Japanese.

Claiming that a Dutch crewman was onboard the Ady Gil at the time of the collision, and that the vessel’s nearby “mothership” was registered in the Netherlands, Sea Shepherd intends to press charges of piracy against the vessel in Dutch courts.

Their legal counsel claims to have clear photographic evidence of the Japanese ship violently attacking the Ady Gil, meeting the legal definition of piracy.

With most of the action taking place in international waters, Sea Shepherd’s attacks on whalers are in a legal grey area, though any charges of piracy leveled against either Sea Shepherd or a whaling vessel would be unlikely to result in extradition.

Japanese legislators have been said to be considering whether attackers could be arrested at sea, but given Japan’s generally supine diplomacy this seems unlikely.


Sea Shepherd claim the ruthless Japanese pirates chased them down and aimed their huge ship right at their helpless little craft, intent on causing maximum casualties:

“The Shonan Maru did a quick turn and came in real fast, they were aiming for the cockpit, where the crew were, and fortunately we got the engines in reverse and backed up just enough so that the front of the ship was torn off instead of hitting the cockpit.

They were trying to sink the ship. We put out a mayday distress signal and the Japanese refused to respond – it was a hit and run really.”

The Japan’s Fisheries Agency for their part claim the nimble boat deliberately stopped in front of the much larger and less manoeuvrable whaling vessel:

“You can see that the Shonan Maru is moving to the port to try and avoid a collision and there’s no avoiding the collision with the Ady Gil.

It’s a fast boat, she heads off full steam in front of it and miscalculates. So it’s no wonder that it came to the grief that it has.”

Unlike Sea Shepherd, they have released a number of videos ostensibly supporting their claims.

The Antipodean press has also responded gleefully to chance for some Japan-bashing, eagerly lapping up Sea Shepherd’s melodramatic account of a battle with whale-slaughtering pirates, one rag even calling it a “war”:

“It was the most terrifying moment of my life – when you look up and there’s the bow of a thousand-tonne steel ship hanging above you, about to split you in two. You’re looking death straight in the eye.”

Sea Shepherd’s wealthy backers have already promised a replacement ship, so it seems the dance is set to continue.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:38 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Humans think they're so superior. Through this bloated mentality we may kick the proverbial footstool from under our feet and hang. We don't need to exploit animals like this for "food", and smart-ass comments sure aren't needed either.

    Any true environmentalist philosophy must absolve killing as the minimum standard of decency and logic.

    You wouldn't approve of slaughter and genocide for other people you care about or your own race, so why disrespect all life that is non-human? Interference like this in whale social systems and it's impact on all creatures is hazardous and unnecessary.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 19/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They aren't eco-terrorists.

    They're not scaring or threatening creatures by destroying their habitats, they don't trawl creatures and destroy coral reefs, or cut down trees for profit, they aren't cutting fetus whales out of their mother's bellies, the above acts would be in line with someone who is eco-terrorizing. Eco-terrorist is another backwards label on the wrong group.

    How do you manage wildlife? It's wild, thus it is not managed. If there is imbalance then Humans must deal with having fucked up the Circle of life without more killing.
    Population management is nonsene. Direct action approach saves lives.

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    Comment by ScottyT14
    12:35 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It is abnormal to see people catch whales and eat them. Therefore it must be wrong, right? Because it's not common?

    What's that? The whales aren't endangered? I see no problem with this then. What I do see a problem with is this damn organization repeatedly ramming these whaling ships, and once they finally do something even MORE retarded (hard to believe, I know) they cry foul. But nope, they had to make sure to record this from multiple angles before anything else!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:48 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How do you know they're not endangered? Oh, because of the 'science' the Japanese are 'conducting'? Right before they sell the dead whales on the open market? Yeah, real reliable! It's like trusting a logging company on the health of the amazon or the cigarette companies on rates of cancer...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, or trusting the massive, billion-dollar eco-industry on their "facts."

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:05 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Put up or shut up. The ball is in your court. Prove that the Minke Whale is endangered. International Union for Conservation of Nature says they are of least concern, meaning they are as endangered on this planet of becoming extinct as we are.

    Here is the IUCN page for the Minke Whale, with lots of research done on them. What can YOU provide as far as published facts rather than gut feelings and what envirodouchebags fill your head with?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then what sources do you have to say they are? All the sources from third party groups have so far said they're not. Until someone can provide evidence to the contrary, then we can only rely on the sources that say they aren't. And if they are endangered then shouldn't you be able to easily come up with statistics that say their numbers are endangered.

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    Comment by eksuterru-kun
    12:05 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Eco-terrorist jerks.
    pretty sure there are much better and not to mention rational things to do than this ridiculous antics for their cause.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:04 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    there's only one reason why SS were there: to fuck with the whalers. They seem to have no problem laying a line to tangle props, creating an immense PITA for the whalers. So I have no problem with the whalers "pushing back." I think Japan's research-based whale hunting policy needs to change, but this is absolutely not the way to go about it. But for sure these kooks will do it again. So here's a shout out to the SS: Be carefully you crazy kids! Next time you might get so lucky...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:34 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    the SS should join the Neo-nazis

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    Comment by AzureXuchilbara
    11:45 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They may have good intentions, but they started sh*t up...And now that they got their asses rammed (literally), they consult to good-old fashioned pointing fingers and nagging like an innocent b*tch...

    The media ain't helping either with their anti-Japanese bashing...

    If you start sh*t up, you finish it without any third-party involved...

    I don't support what whalers do, but I also don't support acting like the b*tch that was raped when said b*tch started sh*t up~

    But honestly...If someone in a tiny vessel was doing the same thing to me, I'd ram the sh*t out of them too just for being in the way...

    Then I'll shout:

    "You should have brought Metal Gear Ray with you, planeteers..!"

    That is my honest feeling to the whole thing...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    when organizations study monkeys, elephants, dogs, birds, whatever, they don't kill 10,000 over a 10 year period to conduct their research. nobody needs to slaughter 10,000 of one species to conduct "research". if i had a harpoon gun and saw people harpooning whales i'd point the harpoon at them and say "i heart whales...cut the shit". japan should be glad they are not norwegian whalers because european activists are hardcore and have sunk 12 boats while japan faces nerdy vegans who throw stinky water balloons like children. whalers better hope the hardcore activists don't join the fight or the japanese will be clinging to icebergs praying for the hippies to rescue them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 10/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    psst, learn ur maths again please! It is over a 20 year period not 10!

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    Comment by eksuterru-kun
    12:10 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they can destroy one of their ship because they still have loads of funds which they are going to continue wasting rather than help poor countries and for the publicity

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:53 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck Sea Shepherd up the ass with a whale. No, with multiple whales. Simultaneously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dunno, they would probably like it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:12 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    we need to convince the japanese that 'dirty hippies'are just as tasty as whales...
    than liberals , illegal aliens , harley riders , ricer drivers , etc... 'soyrent gleen' anyone ?

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    Comment by hALOTOO
    12:27 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Let's see how this drama ends

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you want to read what spaceship pilots think about all this.... :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is hilarious. The whalers were going about their legal (by international law) business when they are stalked by a group who then attacks them with the intention of crippling their ship and assaulting their crew...and the eco-tards want to charge THEM with piracy? That demonstrates spectacularly insane negative-universe reasoning.
    This is just press release babbling by Big Green Industries.
    If they want to see what it's like to be attacked by pirates, let them go for a cruise off the coast of Somalia.

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    Comment by melmika
    11:22 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why do peace activist use violence? For that matter, there are groups against the content that are found on Sankaku Complex. If they attack those who work for this website and those who view it, is that OK? I like checking out Sankaku Complex but if someone keeps attacking me because they do not approve of it then I will defend myself from their attacks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Internet spaceship pilot reporting in..
    LOL. yust lol.. He was trying to bump him with his nano boat...
    MWD on. Aproch. BAMP BAMP BAMP Struktura...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:20 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sankaku Complex fails again to deliver an impartial coverage of the facts. The way you guys put it, almost make it seems like the whale fishers are just a bunch of victims, of innocents charged against spurious charges. Come on, this may be a japanese culture site, but it shouldn't be a "Japan's fanboy" one. Both sides are wrong, you can't just put the blame on the "eco-terrorists".

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:28 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you can actually...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:00 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So you think that hunting whales until they disappear completely from this world is a very "innocent" cause? Great, humanity seems to be walking towards a glorious future, don't you think?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:33 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Those whales aren't endangered. At the rate they're hunting, assuming the whales don't breed AT ALL, it would take another 800 years for them to hunt those whales into extinction. Right now they're classified as, "Least Concern" and they breed like rabbits and eat up all the krill the blue whales (which are actually in peril) eat.

    Don't assume all whales are endangered. Hippies like to spread that like it's a fact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you know International Whaling commission?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:12 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sea Shepherd actions, in my opinion only made Japanese whalers more determined.

    Simple economics;
    less supply, same amount of demand = big bucks

    Educate the japanese public, decrease the demand
    less demand, less profit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is NO demand for whale meat in Japan. The hunting exists soley because the "boys club" of Japanese politics props it up, keeping their friends in positions of power.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:58 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't lie, whale meat is delicious.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:31 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, one thing about Japanese is their sense of pride.

    Outsider's action only bring them closer.

    Whereas if their own people start condemning the "boys club", thats another story.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    10:51 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's probably a good idea it eliminated the market for elephant ivory in the US and Europe.

    This has already began in Japan as most Japanese youth do not like the idea of eating whale meat.
    Market forces may eventually be the ultimate demise of the whaling fleets. [ fact file/wildlife/whales/whaling1.htm]

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:20 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since when do you guys care about whales?

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    Comment by Morthoseth
    09:23 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japan is so awesome, they can kill me if they want to!!
    lolz j/k

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    Comment by Ciscotaku
    09:09 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fuck the Sea Shepherd, the japanese whale industry should just hire a russian nuclear submarine to blow them out of the water and just play dumb.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dame cry babies if you want to stop them go to the goverment and protest ther not go into ILIGAL acts like harasing boats and mesing with them and puting your creu and others lifes on the line stupid venag pises of crap go help some neady children go help som one of the street if you have money to wast in stupid lilltl boats you have to make a new shcool for unther developre cuntryes or a homles shelter FUK THEM PREPY JUPY ASSHOLES

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Incase you still think that the whaling ship didn't intentionally ram the batship.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You realize that a ship the size of the Shonan Maru can't possibly turn that fast, right? The video was shot from the vantage point of a ship circling them.

    In the video the Japanese shot from the deck of their ship, you can clearly see the Ady Gil's wake as it was traveling towards the Shonan Maru. You can also see the prop kicking up wash as the Ady Gil got closer to the Shonan Maru.

    Seeing as to how the Sea Shepherds have a history of trying to ram Japanese vessels, this isn't surprising in the least...

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    Comment by Major Bukkake
    11:00 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like most eco-nuts, they lie. I work on the water and the videos clearly show the boat speading up so it would get hit and cause a stink.
    The Major loved watching them get pounded with the Bukkake Cannon!
    "Arrgh, quit blasting me in the face!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whaling may or may not be right. However, what the Sea Shepard's are doing, it ain't right.

    Also, how come no one is whining on Norway? They keep hunting whales too.

    And yes, they sell the fucking meat. So? The Japs are selling the meat legally, and they have the IWC's thumbs up on it. Can't we all also agree that, it is better to sell the meat than to throw it away?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:49 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well isn't that a "beach" eh? like a beached whale eh? EH?!

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    Comment by grgpsunk
    09:51 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese whalers are "pirates"?

    And who're the ones flying the imitation skull-and-crossbones sign again?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't that 1st picture with the skull and crossbones imitation kill any chance of them suing others for piracy...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking japanese war-criminals. After killing millions of koreans and other asian people, they now want to kill whales and dolphis to statasfied their perverted minds.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:00 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lets be honest here, only the Koreans care about the Japanese killing Koreans. The rest of the world was just upset that they didn't get to finish before they picked another fight and had to get involved...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:34 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    They don't hae sex with whale meat jackass they eat it.

    If you want a sin go for gluttony.

    I doubt that the captains of the ships are war criminals.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    11:01 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    War criminals no they are just poachers and nothing more.
    Antarctica is protected by international treaties and harvesting of whales there is technically illegal.
    If they hunted whales in Japanese waters or national waters they got permission to operate in then they would not be criminals.

    They are pretty much in the same lot as people who illegally poach bears on a nature preserve or decide to use a drag net in a lake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:32 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No one cares about the other Asians. Fuckin' chink.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:10 09/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I see what Sea Shepherd folks are trying to do, but it won't work.
    Their credibility is long gone to try to create a situation like this one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:37 10/01/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    fucking sick of this whaling bullshit i hear it 24/7 and i live in aussie fucking hell....

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