06 January 2010

Whale wars provoke attack on Sea Shepherd boat Ady Gil (video)

Japanese whalers on the ship Shonan Maru No. 2 are being accused of purposefully ramming and sinking the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s powerboat Ady Gil. All 6 crew members aboard the Ady Gil were rescued unharmed but the boat sustained severe damage.

“The Japanese whalers have now escalated this conflict very violently,” said Captain Paul Watson. “If they think that our remaining two ships will retreat from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in the face of their extremism, they will be mistaken.  We now have a real whale war on our hands now and we have no intention of retreating.”

Video from two vantage points has been released. Please note, the first video below contains graphic language.

The Sea Shepherd is part of the Animal Planet show "Whale Wars" which follows the conservation group as they attempt to deter Japanese whaling ships off the coast of Antarctica.  Follow me on Twitter