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.
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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.