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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was full of hope when its latest anti-whaling stunt was launched a couple of weeks ago:

The organization’s flagship M/Y Farley Mowat is expected to arrive in the whaling area during the second week in January where the flagship will rendezvous with the organization’s faster ship Robert Hunter. The two ships with over 60 international volunteer crewmembers, a helicopter, and numerous smaller vessels will confront the Japanese whalers on the high seas.

Well, they would, if they could find them:

Frustrated anti-whaling campaigners yesterday offered a $25,000 reward for help in locating the Japanese whaling fleet that is hiding in waters near Antarctica …

Two Sea Shepherd ships have unsuccessfully searched for the Japanese whalers in the Ross Sea for the past 12 days.

Maybe Greenpeace can help … or maybe not:

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza left Auckland on Friday and will reach the Ross Sea late this week to join the hunt.

But the two groups hate each other almost as much as they hate the whalers.

Greenpeace said it did not know the co-ordinates of the whalers but would not tell Sea Shepherd even if it did.

In other environmental news, the Gore Effect – last noticed in New Hampshire – now hits the Twin Cities.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/28/2007 at 05:27 AM
    1. Maybe RIMPAC could move a little further south this year. Beats pretending on your allies.

      Posted by CB on 2007 01 28 at 06:04 AM • permalink


    1. I’m hoping that when the Sea Shepherd pirates eventually stumble across the Japanese, they’ll also find this.

      Posted by James Waterton on 2007 01 28 at 06:04 AM • permalink


    1. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.  Splitters!

      Posted by anthony_r on 2007 01 28 at 06:12 AM • permalink


    1. In other environmental news, the Gore Effect – last noticed in New Hampshire – now hits the Twin Cities.

      Channel 10 news also had Tony Blair giving a speech on global warming from cold and snowy Davos.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2007 01 28 at 06:17 AM • permalink


    1. This is pretty fucking hilarious, but we have to keep asking where is the fucking money coming from.

      BTW, I suppose that these 3 fucking unnecessary ships are powered by cold fusion or moonbeams or some other carbon fucking neutral shit

      Posted by Jack from Montreal on 2007 01 28 at 06:23 AM • permalink


    1. The Sea Shepherds are the truely dangerous mob – not just getting in the way like Greenpeace, but deliberately causing situations likely to cause injury to put the whalers off.

      Now a Sea Shepherd boat doing its stuff to prevent a Greenpeace boat getting near the Japanese whaling boat – now that’s something I’d like to see!  With any luck they’d both sink.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2007 01 28 at 06:23 AM • permalink


    1. #2 James.  The whalers already have plenty of harpoons.  Isn’t the Harpoon an anti-ship missle?

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2007 01 28 at 06:24 AM • permalink


    1. AGM84 Harpoons are great for keeping the seas clean. Although the end result on the whale doesn’t leave much for ‘research’ burger.

      Posted by CB on 2007 01 28 at 06:29 AM • permalink


    1. The Japanese just want the whales for their wool.  The shear them in huge shearing ships and then they let them go.

      Posted by rhhardin on 2007 01 28 at 06:29 AM • permalink


    1. Japanese over-fishers, Sea Shepherds and now Greenpeace.
      Add PETA and the Anti-Globalistas, then send the lot to the bottom.
      I have no sympathy for any of them.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 01 28 at 06:29 AM • permalink


    1. I fully endorse these eco-terrorists, they’re looking out for Australian interests. That’s OUR Antarctic territory that they’re in despite what the US and UN would like to claim. It’s our right to let the whales frolic freely in our freezing waters as surely as it’s our right to drill for oil there.

      Plus I just love the idea of a maritime destruction derby!

      Posted by AussieJim on 2007 01 28 at 06:31 AM • permalink


    1. o/t – Do you think we’ll get an ABC admission that their Stern sycophancy was premature and superficial, not to mention plain wrong?
      No? Didn’t think so.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 01 28 at 07:03 AM • permalink


    1. Red on red!

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 01 28 at 07:15 AM • permalink


    1. Thunder against the whalers says I. That being said, every time the humpbacks travel up the east coast, I have this primal urge to find a longboat, some strong backs and go for a Nantucket sleigh ride.  Or are only some cultural practices green?

      Posted by lotocoti on 2007 01 28 at 07:24 AM • permalink


    1. #4 – My favourite Tony Blair quote is “Why does it always snow when I’m going to talk about global warming?”

      link (Final paragraph)

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2007 01 28 at 07:25 AM • permalink


    1. I jagged the jap from of his favorite karaoke joint onto route Antarctic, following at what I thought was a discreet distance.  Halfway to Heard Island he took a hard left, tossing out a dozen albatross bound with long lines.  The bastard must have glommed me at Hobart, and here I was falling for it hook, line and seabird.  Before I’d even finished being bitten and clawed by my angry friends the nip had slipped, and all I had lines on were hooks.

      I knew I wasn’t the only dick looking for our yellow quarry.  Somewhere out in the fog C. Shepherd was chasing my share of glory and twenty-five Gs.  No-one had ever been able to explain what the “C” stood for, but I had my suspicions.  I hot-footed it to the Ross Sea, keen to check on the jap’s usual haunts.

      OK Paco, over to you.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 01 28 at 07:35 AM • permalink


    1. Would it be too much to hope for a duel to the death between these crusaders-on-the-ocean? I’m sure they’ll have a whale of a time…

      Posted by TimT on 2007 01 28 at 07:37 AM • permalink


    1. Dear Greenpeace,

      Head South. Where do I collect my $25,000.


      Curious George

      Posted by curious george on 2007 01 28 at 07:46 AM • permalink


    1. DOnt these people have jobs? Out at sea almost 2 weeks and the full article says they will be out there 3 more weeks before having to refuel. NO way these people have real jobs.

      Also in the full article the Captain says about the $25,000 reward “we’ll save that much in gas” . THese idiots are spending more than that $25,000 on fuel for this stunt.

      Posted by debi L. on 2007 01 28 at 07:47 AM • permalink


    1. #5 – actually, Sea Shepherd are using triremes this year.  When you pay your subscription, they reserve a bench and an oar for you.

      The $25,000 in fuel is for tofu and mungbeans.  The only problem with a diet like that is that your average 300 oar mung-powered trireme puts out more methane than Bangladesh.  The Japs keep avoiding them because they can smell them coming from over the horizon.  That’s what they are alluding to when they say, “we’ll save that much in gas”.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 01 28 at 08:19 AM • permalink


    1. How much Id love to hear the last transmission from those turds as something like “Whats that whistling noise?” followed by a large bang.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 01 28 at 08:47 AM • permalink


    1. I love how they refer to the whaling fleet as “hiding” from them because they are too incompetent to find it.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 01 28 at 09:16 AM • permalink


    1. Frustrated anti-whaling campaigners yesterday offered a $25,000 reward for help in locating the Japanese whaling fleet that is hiding in waters near Antarctica … Two Sea Shepherd ships have unsuccessfully searched for the Japanese whalers in the Ross Sea for the past 12 days.

      It’s a ruse.  The Japanese fleet is actually anchored west of Midway, waiting for a signal.

      Posted by wronwright on 2007 01 28 at 09:18 AM • permalink


    1. Great to see that Paco’s deal on his new submarines with their patented ‘Whale Vacuum Systems” are proving to be a good buy.

      Posted by LaoHuLi on 2007 01 28 at 09:43 AM • permalink


    1. Let’s hope that they’ll meet like those those two great anti-Rome rebel groups, the People’s Front of Judeaand the Judean People’s Front.

      [Couldn’t find the actual scene unfortunately.]
      Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2007 01 28 at 10:13 AM • permalink


    1. No wonder they’re having difficulty, with a flotilla named Hardly Afloat, Rowboat Hunter and Havaganda …

      Posted by egg_ on 2007 01 28 at 10:39 AM • permalink


    1. Andrea wrote:

      I love how they refer to the whaling fleet as “hiding” from them because they are too incompetent to find it.

      It’s fascinating that people who’ve made themselves custodians of the ocean haven’t the first clue of its vast size, like they’ve never seriously studied a map. But then, that’s what happens when you draw your supporters from the weaker-minded specimens you find at liberal arts universities.

      And Mr. Creosote – Having read your comment here, and the one about the “After Grog Log” in a previous post, I’ve come to the conclusion that you, sir, have a remarkable way with fecal imagery. Not quite poetry – more like vivid journalism.

      Posted by rick mcginnis on 2007 01 28 at 10:59 AM • permalink


    1. But the two groups hate each other almost as much as they hate the whalers.

      Probably because they compete for donations from the same demographics.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 01 28 at 10:59 AM • permalink


    1. #16, Craig Mc, you made me laugh.  I live for the literary gems that keep popping up on this blog.  I refer you to the works of Carl Hiaasen and Tim Dorsey.  Paco, wronwright, Craig Mc, Michael Lonie, and anybody I forgot, you guys could give those guys a run for their money.

      I also agree with Andrea.  Whoever heard of hiding on the open sea?  It’s not like there are trees and bushes to crouch behind.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 01 28 at 11:36 AM • permalink


    1. It’s called radar, hippies.  Or Google Earth.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 01 28 at 11:49 AM • permalink


    1. But the two groups hate each other almost as much as they hate the whalers.

      Wouldn’t the “two competitors hate…” be a more accurate rendering?

      #27 Or writing for the Toronto Star, rick! Poverty and polar bears; if only the liberal Liberals would save us!

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 01 28 at 12:37 PM • permalink


    1. Would it be too much to hope for a duel to the death between these crusaders-on-the-ocean?”

      TimT, it would be less Master and Commander and more junior high school math team vs. chess club.

      (And yes, some American junior high schools actually have a math team.  I know, I was on ours, and there’s a picture in the yearbook to prove it.  And the existence of that picture is probably why I’ll never be president.)

      Posted by David Crawford on 2007 01 28 at 12:45 PM • permalink


    1. I believe I read somewhere that the seas around Antarctica are terribly dangerous.  I certainly hope none of these eco-warrior Viking drakkars hit an iceberg or anything.

      Posted by ushie on 2007 01 28 at 12:59 PM • permalink


    1. Sounds like it’s time for another cruise on the Scourge of Decatur.

      Posted by Achillea on 2007 01 28 at 01:34 PM • permalink


    1. #32 – it’d be more like a three way battle involving the Esperanto Club too.

      But the whaling fleets are obviously where the whales are.  Find the whales, you’ve found the whalers.  Don’t tell me these eco-wienies can’t figure that out?

      About ten years ago I read that the life expectancy of a Greenpeace mate’s license is seven months.  In other words, that’s about how long, on average, it takes a Greenpeace mate to do something egregious enough that the USCG pulls his deck officer’s license.  The Coast Guard takes a very dim view of deliberate rules of the road violations and interfering with shipping on the high seas.

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 01 28 at 02:23 PM • permalink


    1. #30 –

      Unfortunately for the cruising greenies, Google Earth isn’t a realtime service.

      They might, though, if they’re lucky, find where some whalers were operating last year, or three years ago or more.

      That could be fun, as they zoom around to where someone used to be. Once. Years ago.

      Posted by steveH on 2007 01 28 at 03:58 PM • permalink


    1. That could be fun, as they zoom around to where someone used to be. Once. Years ago.

      That’s the whole NGO modus operandi right there in a nutshell.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 01 28 at 04:55 PM • permalink


    1. #16 Craig: I’m late to this thread, but LaoHuli at #24 divulges the secret.

      Posted by paco on 2007 01 28 at 07:21 PM • permalink


    1. How long before these clowns get some twit like George Soros to buy them a surplus diesel-electric sub?  I expect they could get one from the Russians cheap.  The Russkies seem to be completely indiscriminate to whom they sell weapons.

      I could see the USN and the USCG going ape trying to stop them before they got the thing to sea, but with any luck the moonbats would sink it themselves before they got near their targets.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2007 01 28 at 08:17 PM • permalink


    1. Perhaps the sorry brigade, instead of writing “Sorry” everywhere in towels and sheets, should have provided helpful arrows drawn in sheets and towels, pointing in the approximate direction of the whaling fleet. Another opportunity lost…

      Posted by AlburyShifton on 2007 01 28 at 09:35 PM • permalink


    1. I am thinking of founding the Marilyn Shepherd Conservation Society.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2007 01 29 at 03:50 AM • permalink


    1. This mob are too dim to be believed.

      Find the whales – that’s where you will find the whalers.  Duh.

      Whale-huggers should be more adept at finding whales to fondle than anyone else on the planet.  If they are too inept to find pods of whales, they should give up and go and fondle something else.

      Like sheep.

      Then we could sit around and watch the Kiwis beat them to death for eyeing off their girlfriends.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 01 29 at 06:08 AM • permalink


    1. RebeccaH: I’m flattered, but I bet James Ellroy doesn’t need a proof-reader like I do.

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2007 01 29 at 08:39 AM • permalink


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