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Author Topic: seasheperd hunts down jappense whaleing fleet befor single whale is killed.  (Read 4372 times)

John1000

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Sea Shepherd Hunts Down the Japanese Whalers Before a Single Whale is Killed
The Southern Ocean - 148 degrees west 63 degrees south

Yushin Maru No. 2 when spotted by the Steve IrwinSea Shepherd Conservation Society’s fleet has found the illegal Japanese whaling vessels on the last day of the calendar year. In the vastness of the Southern Ocean, Sea Shepherd’s ships have now found the Japanese fleet before they even began killing whales.  This is a momentous victory for the whales and precisely how Sea Shepherd’s President and Founder Captain Paul Watson had hoped to ring in the New Year.

At around 0900 hours (Australian Eastern Standard Time), Sea Shepherd’s ship the Bob Barker found a harpoon vessel on the edge of the ice at 148 degrees west. The unidentified Japanese vessel attempted to move south to draw the Bob Barker away from the Nisshin Maru.

At 1500 Hours AEST, some 60 miles to the North, Sea Shepherd’s flagship vessel the Steve Irwin found the Japanese harpoon vessel Yushin Maru #2 sitting in the ice.

The Gojira and Sea Shepherd’s helicopter the Nancy Burnet, continue to search for the Nisshin Maru, Japan’s floating abattoir.

The Art of Finding the Whalers

The Bob Barker in the Southern OceanBy knowing when the Nisshin Maru left Japan and estimating the speed of the ship as it headed south, Captain Watson was able to get a rough idea of the whaling fleet’s daily progress.

He decided to take the Steve Irwin to Wellington, New Zealand and then down to Bluff on the southern end of the South Island. The Gojira stayed in Hobart and the Bob Barker moved to the middle and to the south of the Tasman Sea to show the Japanese that we were covering their path should they choose to go through it.

Captain Watson figured this would force the whaling fleet to the east to avoid being caught in the middle of the Sea Shepherd fleet in the Tasman Sea.

The whalers made an announcement that they would expand their hunting area to make it more difficult for Sea Shepherd to find them but over the last seven campaigns that Sea Shepherd has been harassing them, the illegal Japanese whalers have proven themselves to be nothing short of predictable and Captain Watson decided they were bluffing.

When the Tasmanian patrol reported the whalers well to the northeast of New Zealand heading southeast, Captain Watson deduced that they would head for the extreme eastern boundary of the area Japan has designated for their so-called research, an area that extends to 145 degrees west. This would place them at the maximum distance from where the Sea Shepherd ships departed from Tasmania and New Zealand.

Captain Watson instructed Captain Locky MacLean to take the Gojira east along the 60-degree line of latitude. Captain Alex Cornelissen of the Bob Barker was instructed to head east along the 64-degree line of latitude, and Captain Watson took the Steve Irwin east along the 62-degree line of latitude.

The two harpoon ships were spotted at 148 degrees west line of longitude on December 31st.  The interception of the Japanese whaling fleet took place 1,700 nautical miles southeast of New Zealand and 2,300 nautical miles southwest of Chile.

“This is fantastic,” said Steve Irwin’s Chief Cook Laura Dakin of Canberra, Australia, “for the first time in Sea Shepherd’s history, we have located the whalers before they had a chance to kill a single whale.”


 
http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-101231-1.html
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It is really crazy when you think about it.
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That is actually an accomplishment! Way to go Sea Shepherd! :2thumbs:
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John1000

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another article just came out with pictures click the link below  :captain:

http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-110101-1.html
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Excellent unbiassed journalism..  :P
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Pinguinboy

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Woohoo! Hope the Japanese will catch NOTHING with three Sea Shepherd ships on their tail.
Neptune's Navy never compromises!
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TJK

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Excellent unbiassed journalism..  :P


Agree Fred, and watt a excellent and objective and officious it are written of a 3 part  journalist that have nothing to do with seasheperd :doh:
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dexter7

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Good news everyone! the Japanese whalers have retreated! According to http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-110219-2.html Sea Shepherd has chased the Japanese whaling fleet out of the Southern Ocean! :D Finally a sign of good news against the illegal whaling!
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I wonder how long time it will take before this tread gets locked because of different opinions about this topic.  ;D
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According to this account the Japanese tried another interesting manoever earlier this month..

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ipad/whale-wars-boat-claims-ram-attempt/story-fn6bfkm6-1226000504660

If it's true, someone should think of a Japanese name for a 'Crazy Ivan'..
« Last Edit: February 25, 2011, 17:27:20 by saltydog »
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Lets do hope the Yushin Maru No. 3 does have Mechanical failures. I actually want the Japanese ships to have damaged or destroyed engines
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x19Titanic12x

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Lets do hope the Yushin Maru No. 3 does have Mechanical failures. I actually want the Japanese ships to have damaged or destroyed engines

Let's hope the whaling ships were damaged in that tsunami/earthquake event.
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Some sources also state that the japanese whaling fleet was completely wiped out in the tsunami.
But I know for a fact that they were a week away from japan, and besides I know that they dock in the very south west of Japan thus unaffected.

Although for some, believe it if you wish:
http://glossynews.com/science-and-technology/environment/201103130441/japan-quake-silver-lining-whaling-fleet-decimated/
^^This was a post from earlier today I made :doh:

PS. Ive fixed the post title slightly, it was rather...um strange before :p
« Last Edit: March 13, 2011, 18:16:10 by Matthew Brown »
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That's very insensitive to label such a thing as a silver lining, and 'good news'. Have they no shame? And Matt, why post the link if you know it's not true.. bit of propaganda just for the heck of it? 

And to hope and wish for such things in light of so much human tragedy, is not very cool, x19Titanic12x.

It's all good fun normally, all this ecobabble, but if it's put above this terrible disaster like this, then I think a padlock is appropriate here, before we get more of the same.



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