Sea Shepherd Fires Acid Rockets at Japanese, Injures Three

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Sea Shepherd’s terrorist attacks on Japanese ships have for the first time drawn blood after the group fired rockets filled with acid onto the deck of a whaler, injuring three crewmen.

Several of Sea Shepherd’s ships approached a Japanese whaling vessel in Antarctic waters, and began a lengthy series of attacks.

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The Japanese ship filmed Sea Shepherd as they launched a number of acid containing “rockets” at their ship, landing on the deck and spraying three crewmen with butyric acid.

The crewmen complained of pain and swelling to their faces and eyes, and received first aid onboard; it is the first time the group has directly injured crewmen with its attacks.

Sea Shepherd claims the acid to be a “non-lethal weapon,” although it appears this could describe any acid used in this fashion, and there have been claims the acid is contained in glass vessels which break on impact.

Wikipedia describes the acid as “corrosive to skin and mucous membranes, and hazardous to marine life.”

The Sea Shepherd ships reportedly also attempted to foul the propellers of the Japanese ship, and used “high powered lasers” to disrupt their operations.

Cameras on both the whaling vessel and the Sea Shepherd ships recorded the incident; a source with the Japanese explains that “they’re doing it for the cameras – one of these days soon there should be a large scale attack.”

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary condemned the attacks: “This is outrageous. Fortunately nobody was severely injured, but this affair is most unfortunate.”

The Institute of Cetacean Research claims to be pursuing international legal action to “stop their violent acts and unmask the perpetrators,” but the government itself has still yet to do anything in defence of its ships save lament how “unfortunate” and “regrettable” it all is.


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    Avatar of Riiku
    Comment by Riiku
    16:12 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Pic number 2: They have real pirate captain there!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:31 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Japan is being a bunch of faggots by allowing this whaling to take place under the guise of "research". That's bullshit. It wouldn't even be as bad if they just came out and admitted they hunt whales because they are tasty.

    At least Sea Shepherd is standing up for what they believe in, unlike most eco-groups that just sit around with signs and writing letters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So the only way you can "stand up for what you believe in" is by using force. Right.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 01/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "At least Sea Shepherd is standing up for what they believe in, unlike most eco-groups that just sit around with signs and writing letters."

    NAME ONE THING SEA SHEPHERD HAS MANAGED TO GET JAPAN TO COMPROMISE ON. NAME ONE GODDAMN THING

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    17:00 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Soon, Japanese fishing vessels are going to be hiring ninjas to deal with these so called 'pirates'...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:47 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Eco-terrorists using weapons... Which just happen to be harmful to marine wildlife...

    Wow, just wow.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:51 03/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Somehow, I don't think Gaia, the Spirit of the Earth, would approve. She gave the Planeteers magic elemental rings, not acid rockets and freaking laser beams!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:10 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If they were only stupid enough to try that on a military ship. That way this problem would solve itself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If I had to choose between whales and humans...I'd go for whales. They're just so....darn cute.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:29 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    cant they all just be friends?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:23 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's Equality Now all over again? Same chairman?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gosh... can't they just use a simple torpedo and be done with it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:06 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thanks to Sea Shepherd, I hope whales go extinct and I hope the last of the whales is slaughtered by the emperor himself with a giant katana in one hand and a rising sun flag in the other.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:38 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, I think they should really be scared of you... when you finally manage to get out of your room.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    So , Japan decided to do something or they'll let them ??? Hugh , they are too afraid ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:34 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The only projectiles fired were flares. The Japanese were being stupid and thought it would be a good idea to spray pepper spray into the wind.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:42 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The whales aren't doing too badly. Sea Shepherd would do more good trying to put pressure on the tuna fleets. Japan doesn't seem to have the will to fish sustainably for the species they need to survive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:04 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "You wanna fuck with me? Okay. You little cockroaches... come on. You wanna play games? Okay, I play with you; come on. Okay. You wanna play rough? Okay. Say hello to my little friend!"

    That guy with the launcher is clearly evil.

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    Comment by Icy-nee-san
    10:46 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    SEND IN THE GUNDAMS!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where's Zeorymer when you need it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:47 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ICR, I used to hate you guys until I realized you mostly caught minkes, which are no where near endangered.

    Here's what to do in international waters if they don't stand down:
    1. EMP and radio jamming.
    2. Shoot to kill. This is a known ecoterrorist group who routinely endangers the lives of your crews. They will kill you if you don't react, and they ignore active denial systems to the point of colliding with your crafts.
    3. Confiscate recording and relay equipment, sink the bodies and set the boat adrift.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:17 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Make sure to collect the black box and smash it so no one knows what has happened to the ship! Destruction of reliable evidence, they have nothing to prove.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Keep fishing. It will all be gone soon and you will have to learn to eat algae.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:42 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We ARE already eating algae. They are called SEAWEED! Those are algae.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:36 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    One word.

    Gaiafags.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:52 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hahahh, am i only one who's thinking how much does Yakuza pay for Sankaku to publish this anti-sea shepherd crap? And yes, im SS sympathizer, id even sink those japanese boats than see whales dying. I guess this has been said before, but Jap's started this war and are going lower and lower in their financial-tablets(or what are those even called)

    And dont get me wrong, i have nothign against japanese anime industry/people/etc, just the fishing and whaling policy sucks because its majorly run by corrupt politics and of course our lovely Yakuza who's been losing huge amounts of cash due SS actions. Oh, and Butyric Acid is toxin and corrosion free, even beer's worse for your skin than butyric acid(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butyric_acid)

    Alright, better to hide before 3,6 million whale-eating hikikomori's catch me

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:01 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The japanese should start hunting sea shepherds instead of hunting whale. Ram them with a gundam!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:57 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no no no, ram them with Gaga (from 00 gundam series)

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:07 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Man, are they want to destroy Brittania ?
    their action just like Lelouch !

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:15 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Makes me want to draw a word baloon with "I suck cock" or "I love whale cocks" on that bald headed fag.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:40 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dammnit, WHY are the japanese so spineless, FIGHT BACK ALREADY!!!

    The aussies are clearly in the wrong, but the japanese should really thiink about standing up for themselves for once.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:43 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Next item on the japanese menu's Australians, if you can't fight them, then eat them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:50 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Only one man can take care of these fuckers>>

    STEVE ZISSOU, WHERE ARE YOU!?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    YEA! TAKE THAT YOU FUCKING JAPS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:52 13/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am actually with the Sea Shepherd on this one, the sooner the Australian's, Kiwis, South Africans, Argentinians, UK send in warships the better.

    The whole Whaling industry in Japan is based on corruption, the reason the government subsidizes it is because of some old conservative types that believe that Japan gets pushed around too much by the International community and it is using this issue to show that Japan does not have to abide by the rules that everyone else plays by. (Japan gets away with it by buying seats in the IWC for poor ass countries who members don't even know what a whale is or what one looks like)

    Japans research excuse is laughable, I have read recently that they have only produced a handful of research papers, and only like 1 required a lethal sample, this paper was based on something ridiculous like what would happen if you injected a Minki whale egg with Sperm whale sperm.

    The man reason from a Japanese standpoint to stop whaling is that barely anyone in Japan buys whale meat and it is a massive drain to the economy to the tune of $150 million annually. It is highly toxic and the levels of mercury found in Whale meat are thousands of times higher than the Japanese legal limit and that they are passing whale meat off as other meats, like you go buy some sort of fish and what you are actually getting is whale meat.

    Dumb industry is dumb, stop it Japan, Norway any other Whaling countries, you are being stupid as hell and everyone hates you for it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:19 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go sea sheperd, most people complain about the Sea Shepard guys not taking the correct action against these whalers but they dont do anything about it, at least the sea shepard guys do something about it and if you dont like it? then prove them wrong and do better than them.

    Besides both sides will try and manipulate the media to their favor so you cant really trust any of their videos.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:58 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, your Sea Shepherd heroes do know how to get things done, and that includes a leader that demanded his crew to commit murder as seen in this chronological list of the Sea Shepherd's history of violence:
    http://www.highnorth.no/library/movements/Sea_Shepherd/se-sh-re.htm

    And this list is actually composed from factual events from news and numerous credible sources.

    So you consider attempted murder as a form of correct action? Then I think you deserve to be imprisoned for life.

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    Comment by Adiroth
    22:52 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look, lots of acids are harmful in concentration. Even acetic acids (from vinegars) are dangerous to aquatic life.
    http://www.inchem.org/documents/icsc/icsc/eics0363.htm

    Lactic acids (from milk) sounds damn dangerous in its concentrated form too.
    http://www.inchem.org/documents/icsc/icsc/eics0501.htm

    But really, how would marine life come into direct contact with the acid when it's going to be diluted by the sea water and especially when rancid butter only contains 3%-4% butyric acid concentration. The foam caused by the ships should be pretty strong to dissipate the solution too.

    To the "sea shepherd are murderers" guy, I don't see that list extending to the events in the discussion. In fact, the list disappointingly ended at 1993. In court, or in any logical discussion histories don't change current facts.

    To the fake ship conspiracy guy, wow, sorry to disappoint you, but have a look at the picture below to see what Shonan maru 2 actually looks like.
    http://www.newzeal.com/theme/Ships/Shonan/Shonan.htm

    Those whaling ships look alike. They have top deck & lower deck. and the top deck have white railings. Please take your own advice and study your materials more thoroughly first before trying to prove that they've used an old footage for the purpose. (nice try though)

    Lastly, to the "LOL Wikipedia" guy, looks like you didn't actually go to the link I provided, because it's actually a link to the reference used by the Wikipedia article which is a legitimate letter that came from the site below.
    http://www.whales-online.net/indexe.html
    Can you explain how any of those data you mention would require the killing of the whales?

    Also, I don't think those sea shepherd guys would want to sell any of those whales' meat to anyone, because it contains dangerously high level of mercury. They're unsafe for consumption. Actually, by trying to stop whaling, the sea shepherds are actually protecting the Japanese public. They're heroes to the Japanese.

    BTW, thanks for the link. I see that you seem to group whales together with sharks. It made me chuckle. Thank you for being such a funny troll.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:42 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obviously you're continuing to be an ignorant troll because you don't understand the reason for the sharks article. It is showing that sharks are even killed for the sole purpose of their form of research, and it relates entirely in technique. Thank you for proving that you're nothing but an ecoterrorist trying to manipulate the media.

    So you're somehow telling me that you are capable of collecting data from internal organs of whales without actually going inside them? Bravo, where's this amazing technology that you have? Why haven't I seen it's use in any research?

    That letter you provided as evidence is coming from the WWF, so it's obvious they'll try to make that type of claim. Have this group actually conduct the actual types of test or data collection from whales in international waters? Do you actually see direct evidence of their research other than statistical data?

    And what have you been smoking? "Heroes to the Japanese"? Most Japanese don't even eat whale meat, so what are they being saved from? In reality the whaling ships are barely making any money from the whale meat in Japan, because most Japanese are not even interested in consuming the whale meat. Only a select few of mostly seniors are buying this meat out of nostalgia. Since there are a lot of families who have relatives working in the fishing industry, they are actually extremely repulsed by these Sea Shepherds because they don't know who will be the next victims for these ecoterrorists.

    Since you love the Sea Shepherds so much, you should go join up with their ranks and hopefully some day you'll realize how stupid you have been for supporting these fanatics. Judging from your comments above, I sincerely doubt that would ever happen, so I'm not going to bother making an effort to make another response to you ever again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:49 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    sure them hippies didn't mean to just drop acid?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:51 14/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nice shot, Sea Shepherd! Banzaii!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:28 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    While I don't agree with their methods, I do think that this supposed "research" whaling needs to stop.

    Not only is this whaling an outright perversion of international law the meat of many whales contains dangerous levels of mercury. Everyone is being harmed by this.

    What needs to happen is there needs to be an international agreement not to hunt Whales. We need to come to this agreement diplomatically. Then we won't need these extreme environmentalists.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And until that time, extreme measures are the only thing that get enough media attention to further pursue a diplomatic solution.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:13 17/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If one of them would just eat some kujira tonkatsu they would have to admit it's the best use of whales ever.FUCKING ECO TURDS!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:01 08/06/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ....i want one of those rockets...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:06 19/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    In my humble opinion, the Sea Sheperds are taking quite some desperate meassures to make their objectives.
    But that is because they have been pushed to do so.
    What those Japanese whaling ships are doing has none other name than senseless slaughtering, and somehow they have to be put to a stop. And if a person is not willing to listen, then some force must be used to get him/her to it.
    If you disagree on this, then please suggest me another solution.
    But if that solution is to let the whalers be, then I really pity you.
    Oh, by the way, the whalers have also used firearms against the Sea Sheperds, as an extra fact

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    Comment by Adiroth
    16:04 15/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    ^ I love you too man. <3

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:34 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Typical pig ignorant Japanese, you are all right and noble the rest of the world are all evil an wrong especially when they challenge you for doing the wrong thing.

    Suck on this

    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/japan-opens-lid-on-mass-grave-20100215-o2v5.html

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:23 17/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unit 731 & every one who worked for the betterment of the 大日本帝國, whether they fought on the front lines or researched new technologies are HEROES.

    尊皇攘夷!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:01 18/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    mmm.
    Damm i think their both wrong.

    But the weapons started by the wailers. They used the Lrads those are also dangerous. but indeed this is not so smart from sheashepards

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 16/02/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't get the Japanese. They say they're whaling for scientific research but last I checked scientists didn't eat what they killed. Also, if we can take accurate measurements on and of other planets why can't they do the same with whales?










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