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Japanese Whalers: Sixty-year-old Bob Barker Attacks Whaling Ship Shonan Maru No. 2
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TOKYO, Japan -- Japanese whalers have accused the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society of carrying out attacks on whaling ship Shonan Maru No. 2 based from the Bob Barker, an aging 1950's-era vessel.

The text of Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research press release follows:

The Japanese research vessel Shonan Maru No. 2, which has been monitoring Sea Shepherd activities in the Antarctic was subject to attack today by the Bob Barker, a 1950-built vessel sent to the Antarctic by the antiwhaling group.

The Bob Barker attack started at about 2030JST and lasted until 2220JST. The Bob Barker deployed a zodiac boat repeated times toward the Shonan Maru No. 2. Activists onboard the zodiac boat repeatedly hurled smoke bombs and deployed ropes aiming to disable the Japanese vessel’s rudder and propeller.

The Bob Barker started moving again and the Shonan Maru No. 2 has restarted its monitoring of the antiwhaling vessel. Neither injuries to the Japanese crew nor damage to the Shonan Maru No. 2 resulted from the Bob Barker attack.

Following the 6 January collision and resulting disablement of the Ady Gil, by 8 January early morning the Bob Barker had abandoned and left adrift the fuel-leaking New Zealand watercraft in order to look out for the other Japanese whale research vessels.

The Shonan Maru No. 2 has been actively following and monitoring the Bob Barker ever since. Photographs and video of the incidents in the Antarctic can be seen at: < href="http://www.icrwhale.org/gpandsea.htm" target="_blank">http://www.icrwhale.org/gpandsea.htm

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4 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

While I do not like war or death as a result of war, I believe in acceptions to the rule at times. I would love to see the Japanese whaling fleet torpedoed and sunk. The whalers would then get a dose of what the whales go though and the suffering before death. I have no sympathy either for those that fin sharks and leave them to die either.
   comment# 1   - Daniel J. Imbs · Pomona Park, Florida · Jan 22, 2010 @ 10:34am

I personally find it impressive that Japanese haven't blown the sea shepards out of the water, the activists are putting lives at risk and promoting the idea that it is okay to take the law into ones own hands on the high seas. There are proper channels for these matters and completely skirting them will only open the door for more of these same dangerous situations. The worst aspect is the use of their filmed propanganda and wild claims (ie - capt Paul Watson claimed being shot...anyone with military experience could tell you, for a number of reasons, why it was completely faked) to sway public interest in the Western world...personally I find the whole debacle embarassing as a sailor, westerner, and another human being. The workers on those Japanese ships are exactly that, workers, they do not merit the risk they are being forced to endure. Furthermore, from the few epidsodes I have struggled to sit through it is painfully obvious that Paul Watson, fat walrus that he is, isn't fit to command a dingy, had that been in charge of any vessel I have served upon I would have been the first to suggest mutiny, and yes, I am fully aware of the gravity of that statement and the consequences inheritly involved.
   comment# 2   - Rolando · CH · Jan 22, 2010 @ 8:41pm

Daniel, so now you've given authority to have anyone that feels like it douse your kids in butyric acid because they ate their lunches that came in plastic bags, and threw away the little aluminum cups they;re fruit was in, or perhaps others that don't like the way your wife drives your SUV... Do you smoke ? You'll be ok with the anti-smoking brigade ramming your house? I guess illegal activities are fine as long as YOU are the one that gets to decide who gets attacked. watson has made that choice already, if it's ok for him, why not someone targeting you? you might try looking at the Q&A on the whale wars site at animal planet before spouting off ANY nonsense about illegal, australian territory, brutality, etc..etc..etc.. *I* have no sympathy for those that support terrorists... and watson *IS* a terrorist
   comment# 3   - Erik · San Diego USA · Feb 26, 2010 @ 10:28pm

You choose what job you do! If you don't like it you don't do it. I rather go on the government dole than clean toilets!!!!! So people that say these poor Japanese people that are just doing this as a job is a load of scat. They choose to do it. As in regards to saying let the proper channels deal with the situations in the oceans, well don't really see them doing much. Good on ya Sea Shepards. Keep up the food work at least they are not cowards and sit back at let things happen. Bet half you people would let little old ladies get basshed and raped too!!! While were at it let's all grab a boat and go kill whales leave nothing for the next generations. Things become extinct for a reason. Why do you think they banned hunting of certain animals for a reason. Call me a do gooder, a hippy, whatever you like I like animals as much as the next person and animals that don't have a fighting chance need all the help they can to be protected!!!!!
   comment# 4   - Brad · Australia · Mar 8, 2010 @ 8:25pm
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