The Sea Shepherd, the conservation society that stars in Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars,” said that its boat (the Steve Irwin) was followed and attacked by a Japanese ship called the Shonan Maru No 2. According to a Sea Shepherd spokeswoman said that the Shonan Maru followed the Steve Irwin into French waters without permission from the French, and that’s when the
The spokeswoman said the Steve Irwin helicopter then flew back to film the Shonan Maru in its pursuit. “In response, the crew of the Japanese ship activated their Long Range Acoustical Device (LRAD) at the Sea Shepherd helicopter,” she said. “LRAD is a military class weapon.” [Eh, yes and no. -Ed.] [...]
The Sea Shepherd helicopter returned to the Steve Irwin for safety, at which point the Shonan Maru increased speed and aimed their water canons at the helicopter on the landing pad, the spokeswoman said.
Steve Irwin Captain Paul Watson said the situation was now very dangerous. “We have deliberately led the Japanese ship into thick ice in order to lose them in the ice,” he said. “The icebergs could easily damage either vessel.”
Wow, water cannons and sound waves! It’s like watching two amateur MMA fighters get into a pillow fight! “Watch out, that’s goose down!”
Sorry, as much as I’m against A-hole Japanese whalers, I can’t help but agree with the “South Park” episode that called out the Sea Shepherd for being pussies. Pro-nature groups would be a lot more effective if they were more committed to violence. Someone needs to put the fist into pacifist.