|Saturday, December 20, 2008|
Confronting the Yushin Maru No. 2
by Jeff (Quartermaster)
The pursuit of the elusive Japanese whaling fleet has led Sea Shepherd off the Adelie Coast of Antarctica, deep within the pristine, icy waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
A vessel was spotted on the radar at 10:00 hours with a bearing of 330°, traveling at 12.7 knots and a range of 8.9 miles. The crew was put on red alert as we made preparations for possible confrontation with the whaling fleet.
The question of which vessel had been discovered was quickly answered, when out of the fog off the Steve Irwin's port side came the kill ship, the Yushin Maru No 2. Only meters separated the two vessels as the crew of the harpoon ship frantically merged toward a huge net structure. Sea Shepherd tactics have apparently resulted in the Japanese whalers modifying their vessels to develop a device to try and repel boarders delivering arrest warrants for the whalers illegal activities.
The delta boat was in hot pursuit of the killer ship for an attack when the weather turned for the worse with fog, snow, and raging 60 knot winds closing in. The delta was forced to return. The deckhands showed impeccable teamwork and courage as they fought hard against raging winds and spray to get the delta back on deck.
The Rudd government's false election promise has forced 48 volunteers from around the globe to put their lives on the line to do the government's job of upholding the Australian Federal court ruling.
The Japanese whalers are now on the run which means no whales will be illegally slaughtered in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. At least, not on Sea Shepherd's watch!