Friday, January 14, 2011

Sea Shepherd entagled their own propeller on their zodiac with ropes intended for the Japanese propellers


9 January 2011

Bob Barker activists attack Japanese research vessel Yushin Maru No. 2

The Yushin Maru No. 2 (YS2), a Japanese Antarctic whale research vessel was subjected to attack today by the Netherlands-registered vessel Bob Barker (BB). The attack started at about 1800JST and lasted until about 1840JST

At about 1800JST two zodiac boats sent from the Bob Barker rapidly approached the Japanese vessel and the activists started hand-throwing at least two flash bangs and one smoke bomb toward the YS2. One of the flash bangs landed in the bow and the other two projectiles got entangled on the port-side protecting net of the Japanese vessel.

Also, the activists put a hook and rope on the port-side handrail (where the protecting net is (fixed) of the YS2. In addition, the zodiac activists deployed and dragged ropes aiming to entangle the propeller and rudder of the YS2.

At about 1840JST one of the ropes being dragged by one of the zodiac boats entangled its own propeller and the zodiac became unnavigable. Seeing this, the other zodiac activists ceased their attack on the Japanese vessel.

During the attack the Yushin Maru No. 2 broadcasted a warning message and made use of its water jet-pump as a preventive measure to make the activists desist from further approaching. The hook and rope attached by the activists to the YS2 handrail detached itself falling to the sea.

The flash bang and the smoke bomb that got entangled to the port-side protecting net were burning for a while but fortunately the fire did not spread to the net itself. Neither injuries to the Japanese crew nor damage to the YS2 resulted from the activists’ attack.  Japan’s research whaling in the Antarctic (JARPAII) is a perfectly legal activity carried out under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW). The Institute of Cetacean Research strongly condemns the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and its continued dangerous and violent actions against Japan’s whale research vessels in the Antarctic.

We call on all related countries including the Netherlands which is the Bob Barker flag state and Australia, the virtual home port of the SS vessels, to stop condoning the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society violent actions and to take every means available to restrain them.  Further, we strongly request that these countries deal with the SSCS criminal actions in a strict and objective manner according to their international obligations.

NOTE : Photos and video to be attributed to the INSTITUTE OF CETACEAN RESEARCH,

1 comment:

GC Monitoring said...

You people are idiots. Whale meat in Japan is losing appeal. Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research, which organizes the nation’s whaling, announced that most of the 1,200 tons of whale that it caught and froze didn’t find buyers after going to auction.
So the local are finally getting the message how greed has struck even the government. And they are not buy it.

The Japanese whalers story is full of holes:
How many years does it take to repeat the same "Research" that these hunter are doing and where are the published results of their studies. Its so obvious the whale hunt in the Southern Ocean is for profit. They even have skirted the illegal ban on the use of heavy fuel oil to power their ships. The whole intention was to keep those waters pristine from fuel leaks...Yet these jerks don't care about the environment...clearly another example of their own stupidity.

And to funnel some $30,000,000 intended for their tsunami relief funding to the whale hunt clearly shows their lack of foresight and lack of intelligence as a public representative body.

Oh well I guess the Sea Shepards have to mount yet another annual campaign to keep these Japanese whalers in check. And its a good thing because this time...the annual whale hunt will again be a failed quota but with lossed that we expect they will not be able to financially support. This whaling program WILL BE those who care about our environment, the health of the oceans and the love for our own species. Go Get Them Sea Shepards..YOU ARE DOING A FANTASTIC JOB!!