Caught On Camera: Japanese Whalers Ram Sea Shepherd Vessel

Looks like we have some real deal whale wars going on now … as reported on www.seashepherd.org

Japanese Whalers Ram Sea Shepherd Ship Ady Gil; Famed Trimaran Is Sinking In The Southern Ocean

Six crewmembers Rescued by the Sea Shepherd Ship Bob Barker

An unprovoked attack captured on film, the Japanese security ship Shonan Maru No. 2 deliberately rammed and caused catastrophic damage to the Sea Shepherd trimaran Ady Gil.

With it's anti-piracy hoses blasting, a Japanese whaling ship rams the Sea Shepherd's <i>Ady Gil</i>. Photo courtesy seashepherd.org

With it's anti-piracy hoses blasting, a Japanese whaling ship rams the Sea Shepherd's Ady Gil. Photo courtesy seashepherd.org

Six crew crewmembers, four from New Zealand, one from Australia, and one from the Netherlands were immediately rescued by the crew of the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker. None of the crew Ady Gil crew were injured.

The Ady Gil is believed to be sinking and chances of salvage are very grim.

According to eyewitness Captain Chuck Swift on the Bob Barker, the attack happened while the vessels were dead in the water. The Shonan Maru No. 2 suddenly started up and deliberately rammed the Ady Gil ripping eight feet of the bow of the vessel completely off. According to Captain Swift, the vessel does not look like it will be saved.

“The Japanese whalers have now escalated this conflict very violently,” said Captain Paul Watson. “If they think that our remaining two ships will retreat from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in the face of their extremism, they will be mistaken. We now have a real whale war on our hands now and we have no intention of retreating.”

Captain Paul Watson onboard the Steve Irwin is racing towards the area at 16 knots but still remains some five hundred miles to the north. The Bob Barker has temporarily stopped the pursuit of the Nisshin Maru to rescue the crew of the Ady Gil. The Japanese ships initially refused to acknowledge the May Day distress of the Ady Gil, but ultimately did acknowledge the call. Despite acknowledging the call, they did not offer to assist the Ady Gil or the Bob Barker in any way.

The Sea Shepherd trimaran <i>Ady Gil</i> sits dead in the water after being rammed by the Japanese whaling ship <i>Shonan Maru No. 2</i>. Photo courtesy www.seashepherd.org

The Sea Shepherd trimaran Ady Gil sits dead in the water after being rammed by the Japanese whaling ship Shonan Maru No. 2. Photo courtesy www.seashepherd.org