Sea Shepherd “Sunk Its Own Ship”


Eco-terrorist group Sea Shepherd is being accused by one of its own captains of having deliberately sunk its own vessel in an effort to frame the Japanese and make for better TV.

Peter Bethune, the Sea Shepherd captain who was arrested and detained in Japan for 5 months after he illegally boarded a Japanese whaling ship on the high seas, has apparently become disillusioned with the organisation, which he subsequently left.

He now alleges that the organisation’s “morally bankrupt” founder Paul Watson ordered him to sink the Ady Gil in order to “garner sympathy with the public and to create better TV.” Watson himself is a wanted fugitive.


He claims the ship was not heavily damaged by the collision with the whalers – “It was definitely salvageable, it was still rock solid from the engine room back.” Western media widely portrayed the ship as having been “sunk” by the Japanese.

Bethune also criticises the scaremongering tactics so integral to the success of environmentalist groups: “I think an organisation that relies on public money and public generosity to survive has an obligation to be honest.”

Sea Shepherd for its part denies it ordered him to scuttle the vessel – although strangely the wording of the denial does not seem to deny that the ship was deliberately scuttled:

“No one ordered him to scuttle it. Pete Bethune was captain of the ‘Ady Gil’, all decisions on the ‘Ady Gil’ were his.”

Sea Shepherd claims it distanced itself from Bethune after the incident in order to ensure he received a light sentence. At the time of the incident it attempted to bring charges of piracy against Japan.

Bethune did at least receive a light sentence (although he was detained for 5 months) – a Tokyo court convicted him of obstructing commercial activities, trespass, vandalism and carrying a knife, imposing a 2 year suspended sentence.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What's with all the fuss?

    In "Gundam Wing" the pilots fought each other every once in a while.


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:03 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is entertaining because i don't cheer for either side. They are both assholes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:27 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so much butthurt weeaboo scum

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:53 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are comedians.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    20:13 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If I were the Sea Shepherd I tell Japan that the only water they can hunt for Whale is near the Somalian Territory.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:20 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why would terrorists like sea shepherd want to invite their foes to their fellow pirate's waters?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    First off I've gotta say - in the words of Tatsuhiro Satō "conspiracy!"

    Claims of Ady Gil being "salvageable" - I think anyone with an understanding that ice-cream is not made in the oven, would recognise other-wise.

    Watching the footage of it actually happening, that is the collision between the Ady Gill and the Shonun Maru II; the reactions of the Ady Gil crew are anything but deliberate or planned, some of them were almost thrown overboard due to the impact.

    International Maritime Law states that the larger vessel must allow for the smaller vessel to pass (footage shows the Nissin Shonun II changing course toward the Ady Gil)

    Critics of the anti-whaling groups who argue that Japan is not at all to blame in the issue of overfishing/whaling - that is not the issue! we are talking about the humane treatment of an intelligent, self-aware mammal. (tuna is now illegally traded in Japan due to overfihing)

    There is absolutely no way to slaughter this creature without causing it great distress. (try impailing something with the power cable from your computer)

    What was the Shonun Maru doing there in the first place? The International Whaling Commission prohibits whaling in the Southern ocean, south of 40 degrees south (south of 60 degrees south between 50 degrees and 130 degrees west) not that Japan recognises this.

    Authority without Power.
    But Considering that Japan has literally bribed smaller, poorer African and Southeast Asian nations participating in the International Whaling Commission it comes as no surprise that any sanctions placed on Japan cannot be formally recognised let alone enforced.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also forgot to add:
    The whales are being killed in the same way cattle is killed and is regarded as the most humane way possible, it is a spear to the head that sends an electric shock directly to the brain, kinda like what happens on a proper electric chair, or again, the way cattle is killed for human consumption.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:58 31/07/2015 # ! Neutral (0)

    This one I had to reply to... my first time on this site. I've read a lot of crap here, so much stupidity, idiocy is rampant... but to have the nerve to phrase properly as if you actually have two neurons to rub together and make some sense yet, instead, espouse such criminal misinformation! I could not let that stand unanswered.

    As I think on this whilst I type my post... I realize that if anyone really needs me saying so to recognize what you've said as utterly absurd, incorrect and heartless toward the damned critters, then chances are they won't get it either way. But just in case they do... well, you know, even idiots get to vote. That's why we're living the dream, nowadays.

    Uhm... so, yeah, here it goes: no, cattle is, in fact, NOT an endangered wild creature that is harpooned, reeled onto a metal platform for the slaughter as it frantically tries to escape despite the pain of resisting the pull of a harpoon's spikes and then butchered whilst still alive.

    No, cattle suffer a different experience, indeed. When slaughtered according to regulations in just about anywhere in the West, a two-staged process is carried out, which, very simply, involves stunning the animal, firstly, and then killing it as quickly and cleanly as currently possible, secondly.
    Granted, this is not observed everywhere nor always, but it is the law in the better places of the world to look up to. It's regrettable when it's criminal conduct and still something to correct. But when it's systemic and not even considered wrong to begin with... you go look up their dolphin hunting and slaughter, while you're at it, it's actually worse than the whales, difference being dolphins aren't endangered (yet).

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:45 16/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually Maritime Law does NOT give right of pass to the small vessel.
    What it states correctly is that a small vessel has much more maneuverability and less inertia and thus it is the one that has to get out of the way from the bigger vessel.
    If you don't know what is inertia don't bother writing anything at all.

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    Comment by Usagi-sempai
    18:23 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Saw a commercial for that show on tv a while ago, made me want to puke. American TV: promoting a group that does illegal activities and massively stupid acts! I swear on the rare occasions that I do watch television it pushes me away and makes me not want to watch. Luckily there is the internet :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:52 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    its all scam and more scam

    Comment by 666
    16:45 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Captain always goes down with his ship! Isn't this a general truth?

    Comment by Shironeko
    16:44 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    all I can say is "Good job idiots"

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    Comment by akuma2002
    17:12 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    At least that ship is sunk, so Japan is at peace now :)

    Comment by 666
    17:22 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it possible to create a better future for our children by killing all whales and Sea Shepherd organisation members? Shine(die), shine(die), shine(die)...

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:07 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, the Japanese framed the Chinese Boat, now it's Eco's turn to frame the Japanese... What's goes around comes around...

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    Comment by Psychosomatic
    08:40 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Still amazes me when I see that these twats have their own television show.

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    04:31 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    attention whore much?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    These Sea ShepDerds are fucking retarted.
    They are terrorising other people work and stuff.

    And how blind they are not to see how much there is in their home land.
    It is more likely they can make more advance there than pullying stubborn japanese fishers.

    They should start from there.

    But these guys are just too fucking braindeads to understand it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:57 12/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *facepalm* you are calling people braindead and yet you type like a five year old pre-schooler thats just learnt english. "They are terrorising other people work and stuff."

    really? and stuff? lol. i am not even going to try and fix your spelling mistakes, reading it once was painful enough. Please try to learn some english before you attempt to be witty and smart.

    or in ur words i should type.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 10/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like the fact that these guys do something rather than just protest, but is whaling something to protest against? I mean, blubber provides oil and the whale's meat might actually taste good. Plus it's not illegal to hunt whale anymore, is it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 11/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whale and whaler.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:58 11/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ahhhem... Fakku yuu weiru!! Anda fakku yuu dorufiin!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And I've lost the ability to care. Fuck the whalers and fuck them. I wish they'd all go away and never come back.

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    Comment by vega427
    23:24 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I love watching Whale Wars. It's like keystone cops on the high seas........

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:19 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems obvious to me. From a maneuvarability standpoint, Ady Gil basically threw themselves under a speeding train. The Japanese ship physically could not have avoided them (or even deliberately hit them... they're too small to see at that range!)

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:21 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's the law of the sea. If your boat is smaller, you get the F out of the way. Their little stunt endangered the lives of two crews and all of sea shepherd should go to jail for it.

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    Comment by Pantsupp
    01:13 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking hippies and their batman boats.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:51 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It quarrels easily because it is only money and a lie that makes them unite.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:23 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    japanaise people need more education

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:26 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're already one of the most educated people on Earth. You must have meant something else.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:31 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is Japan related to their troubles?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:38 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hard to tell. Guy could be trying to put the blame on the organization to lighten his own sentence.

    Either way, I hope his claim is true.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's exactly what he's doing.

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

    Yep. He says whatever needed to get off lightly. Sea Shepherd did the same to help him by saying they don't work with him anymore.

    Once he left Japan the tone sure will change.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Be sure to re-watch the south park show whale whores. Its about these guys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:23 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)



    Comment by Anonymous
    12:18 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    He sunk my battleship :(

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    Comment by Schrobby
    20:23 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I saw that ship and once again thought: Batman was here ^_^

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    Comment by kajunbowser
    13:00 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This really doesn't surprise me at all. Sounds like something that these eco-terrorists would have done eventually.

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    Comment by Nova
    11:56 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    It boggles my mind how people gave this fat bastard money, a boat, and a reality television show.

    Apparently America loves douche bags, that explains Jersey Shore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:45 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and japs among many other nations love plundering seas until there is nothing left .

    Comment by 666
    17:05 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    If we ever succeed in slaying nature and planet itself. There would be nothing that could stop us. We are Godlike creatures (By Christianity). So there is certainly a moral imperative to destroy everything that slower us.

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    Comment by Gitami
    05:55 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We'll be on Mars by then doing the same to the bacteria there as we do here, and possibly hauling in space-ice to drink once we figure out how to make it safe.

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    02:08 09/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Cruel, but true...

    100% unadulterated truth...

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:22 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't worry, we'll run out of drinking water before we run out of fish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:07 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOl, yeah and they skies will fall upon us.
    We will never ever get short on water supplies.
    At least in Europe :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:02 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is... sadly true.

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    Comment by Ballatician
    13:13 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh wow, the japanese are the main culprits of depleting the ocean's resources all right. definitely not the European countries using their big ass boats to pull in at least a million of pounds of sea creatures and by-catch.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:56 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol kokuchan.

    But yeah, when Sea Shepard isn't interfering with Japanese whaling, apparently they go STRAIGHT to Europe due to excessive overfishing problems there. And they always take down long-nets that catches fishlife overtly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:48 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And they get apparently got speared by french fishermen.
    Did you thought that only japanese eat fish? Italians, English almost every european country does. Don't you go out to eat?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:38 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yes, the japanese need to stop plundering the seas!

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    Comment by Niwa
    11:57 08/10/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ah Im on a roll xD

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