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Whale Wars 'Battle Stations' Pt 2

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Yushin Maru deliberately clips the Gojira
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The sight of remnants from whales disgusts Sea Shepherd crew members. The only positive is that they may now be on the right trail of the Nisshin Maru.

The Yushin Maru actively tries to clip the Gojira’s stern. However, video from the Yushin Maru that is released later to the public is shown with comments that state it was the Gojira that tried to cut the ship off.

Pottsy, one of the small motor boat’s captains is now ready to deploy another prop fouler line to stop the Yushin Maru.

As they come across the front of the ship, it's the small boat that is clipped by the Yushin Maru.

Radio calls go out to the small vessel. Luckily this time both the crew and the motor are intact.

Pottsy calls into the Bob Barker to let them know their status. With both small boats having minimal fuel left, the Bob Barker crew says they need just one more line to tangle into the propeller of the Japanese whaling ship.

One of the boats takes its final pass in front of the Yushin Maru and deploys their prop fouler line.

They speed ahead to stay out of the way of the ship. Now, it’s time to wait and see if this deployment has been successful. They look back and wait. Is the Japanese whaling ship slowing down at all?

Success! The ship is slowing and soon enough comes to a complete halt in the ocean.

One of the Sea Shepherd crew members calls out, “Put that in your prop and smoke it, boys!”

Finally, the Yushin Maru is dead in the water.

(Click here to read "Battle Stations" Part ONE.)

Now 1,900 miles away, the Bob Barker calls to the Steve Irwin to share the good news. For the first time in 25 days, the Bob Barker is without a tail. They are free to track down the lead manufacturing ship, the Nisshin Maru.

In an effort to obey Maritime law, the Gojira stays near the Yushin Maru for 48 hours. The Gojira captain continuously radios the Yushin Maru asking if they need any help.

Finally, they receive a call from Australian officials letting them know that they are free to sail away from the Japanese whaling vessel.

The Bob Barker is off to decide where they can hope to find the Nisshin Maru. After a few hours, some of the crew on the Bob Barker see something floating in the ocean waters.

First, they see some birds in one area.

Next, they begin to see what they fear the most. They come across pieces of whale flesh.

They know that after the Japanese whalers harpoon the whales, drag their carcasses onboard the Nisshin Maru, and take the meat they want, the crew discards whatever else they don’t want.

This sight of remnants from whales disgusts Sea Shepherd crew members. The only positive is that they may now be on the right trail of the Nisshin Maru.

As they continue their search, a few of the crew members are looking through binoculars and notice something.

In the distance, there is a large black object. This doesn’t guarantee they have found anything. They have seen similar objects and have come across a large iceberg.

The Bob Barker continues on to see what this black object really is. Closer and closer they approach the object. Now, it comes into view. There is an iceberg ahead. No sign of the Nisshin Maru. It's just an iceberg.

The Gojira is also searching the ocean waters. They have something ahead. It’s another black object. It’s bobbing up and down.

This time, the crew of the Gojira has found the Nisshin Maru.

Cheers, hollers, excitement and so much more are all shared onboard the Gojira and the Bob Barker.

“In that moment, leaving my family, coming down here from Wisconsin…it all made it worthwhile,” shares a member of the Sea Shepherd crew.

The captain of the Gojira puts in a call to the Steve Irwin and to Captain, Paul Watson. The Gojira shares how beautiful the sunset is as well as sharing this sunset with the Nisshin Maru in its sights.

“I love it when a plan comes together,” says Watson.

But what’s coming is anything but what they have planned.

Not too long after the Gojira and the Bob Barker are coming alongside the Nisshin Maru, a collision warning is heard on the Bob Barker. The Nisshin Maru is coming close…too close.

If this is what it takes to save the whales – colliding with the Nisshin Maru, the crew feels that it’s more than worth it.



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3 comments on Whale Wars 'Battle Stations' Pt 2

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By BusinessLife on August 04, 2011 at 02:27 pm

Ed: Why do Japanese hunt, harpoon and slice up whales? They've been doing it since the 12th century.

As you may know, the Japanese took advantage of the International Whaling Commission agreement that allowed for whaling to continue after 1986 if it was being done for scientific reasons.

Research online states that the Japanese have been whaling since the 12th century. Click here to review a timeline on the history of whaling that begins in the 9th century - http://www.whaling.jp/english/history.html

The Japanese say that whaling is done to manage whale stocks and for scientific reasons.

They say those who object do not understand the cultural differences that exist while also thinking of whales as humans and not as animals without any human characteristics.

There wasn't anyone actively fighting the Japanese until Paul Watson's Sea Shepherd Conversation Society went to war against the Japanese whaling fleet....

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By BusinessLife on August 04, 2011 at 02:34 pm

Ed: What is it that is scientific about whaling? I really am not sure. This is very gross but it's good to realize what the whales go through.

The Japanese quota includes 935 minke, 50 fin and 50 humpback whales per season.

When whales are spotted, the harpoon ships will engage in pursuit. A harpoon cannon with a grenade tipped harpoon is fired at the target whale.

A rope is trailed from the harpoon in order to prevent the whale from being lost. If the whale is struck and not killed instantly by the explosive tipped harpoon, a second harpoon may be used or the whale may be shot with a rifle until dead.

A past method of using a second harpoon to electrocute whales is now forbidden by the IWC. Environmental groups have reported whales being dragged backward and drowned.

Each caught whale is secured to the side of a harpoon ship with rope. Lines are later used to transfer the whales from the harpoon ship to the factory ship.

Whales are next winched onto the factory ship through a slipway at the aft of the vessel. On the flensing deck several workers use specialized tools to butcher the whale.

Usable product is delivered to the lower decks of the ship for further processing and refrigerated storage. Excess or byproduct material is dumped back into the ocean.

Above description comes directly from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whaling_in_Japan)

But whaling is okay. After all, as the Japanese remind us, the whales aren't humans, They are just sea creatures.

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By BusinessLife on August 04, 2011 at 09:05 pm

Ed - Great feedback and question!

Companies that are cited for making products from whales...here we go!

The short answer is 19 U.S. companies are listed as whale fishing and/or whale products companies. I will try to research to see if I can track down what the end products are that are potentially finding their way on our store shelves.

In 1986, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) placed a moratorium on commercial whaling. However, Japan was clever enough to continue whaling using the scientific research provision in the agreement which is supposedly- "scientific research in order to establish catch quotas."

In 1987, the IWC adopted a resolution that recommended Japan stop whaling until issues with this from other countries was resolved.

As the IWC grew, Japan decided to buy some support. So, Japan provided economic aid and found some votes *for* whaling from the Caribbean, Africa, South-East Asia and in the Pacific.

But Japan decided they would introduce their own proposal. So Japan authorized Japan to continue whaling.

But Japan decided they would introduce their own proposal. So Japan authorized Japan to continue whaling.

Keep in mind, the U.S. does have legal authority to prohibit importation of fish products from any nation that is diminishing the effectiveness of fisheries conservation programs. (1971 Pelly Amendment to the US Fishermen's Protection Act)

More to come...

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