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Sea Shepherd Ady Gil vs. Japanese whaling vessel Shonan Maru 2

January 8, 2010 |  8:13 am

The Japanese whaling ship Shonan Maru 2 fires high-powered hoses at Sea Shepherd's Ady Gil Wednesday in the frigid waters of Antarctica prior to the Ady Gil getting its bow sheared off.

Something interesting regarding the collision that took place Wednesday between the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel Ady Gil and the Japanese whaling ship Shonan Maru 2 is the impression of fault that might be reached by watching two videos posted on YouTube.

One filmed from Bob Barker, another Sea Shepherd ship that was in the vicinity, seems to give the sense that Shonan Maru 2 deliberately turned starboard and collided with Ady Gil, which accelerates in what may have been a late attempt to get out of the way of the larger vessel.

The video from the vantage point onboard Shonan Maru 2, however, presents an entirely different viewpoint. In it, it appears as if Ady Gil accelerates directly into the side of the whaling vessel, causing the damage that destroyed the trimaran, which sank into the frigid water of the Southern Ocean yesterday.

The conservationist group is trying to disrupt the annual whale hunt conducted by Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research, which Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson claims is illegal and is conducted under the guise of research to take advantage of a loophole in the wording of an international moratorium on whaling.

I would have embedded or linked to both videos, but, sorry to say, one is profanity-laced and the other is in Japanese so I don't know if they kept their language clean or not.

The subject is certainly divisive, as evidenced by the 150-plus comments that Outposts received thus far on an earlier post.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: The Japanese whaling ship Shonan Maru 2 fires high-powered hoses at Sea Shepherd's Ady Gil Wednesday in the frigid waters of Antarctica prior to the Ady Gil getting its bow sheared off. Credit: JoAnne McArthur / Sea Shepherd Conservation Society / Associated Press

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