Monday, December 28, 2009

Sea Shepherd, where is the fleet?

The Japanese whaling fleet is currently in the Southern Ocean engaging in their seasonal whale hunt. As in years past Sea Shepherd is in pursuit of the whaling fleet. However as of this posting Sea Shepherd has not located the Japanese whaling fleet, but the Japanese have located Seas Shepherd.

The Japanese have employed a vessel or two to follow Sea Shepherd. This enables the Japanese to radio Sea Shepherds coordinates to the main whaling fleet. This allows the main whaling fleet to avoid the area Sea Shepherd is polluting. During the last whaling season Sea Shepherded protested the use of LRAD by the Japanese mariners.

Sea Shepherd is still throwing glass bottles to land and break on the deck of the Japanese ship creating a dangerous and hazardous situation for the Japanese mariners. Sea Shepherd complained the whalers use a water canon. Well this season Sea Shepherd is also using a water canon. So is Sea Shepherd validating the tactics of the whalers?

It seems like Sea Shepherd has joined the Intergalactic Federation. They are using a laser device known as the Photonic Disruptor. This device if at the right range can cause blindness. It cost around $600.00 for this device. According to "The Daily Telegraph," the device is banned in Australia.
Best part is while Sea Shepherd is playing cat and mouse with this one Japanese whaling ship, the rest of the Japanese whaling fleeting is in the process of harvesting whales uninterrupted by Sea Shepherd.
Photographs and video of the activity between Sea Shepherd and the Japanese mariners, courtesy of The Institute of Cetacean Research.

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