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'Whale Wars' Boat, the Ady Gil, Apparently Sunk by Japanese Vessel

by Daniel Frankel, posted Jan 6th 2010 12:50PM
If Wednesday's near-fatal clash between Japanese whalers and activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is any indicator, the upcoming third season of Animal Planet's 'Whale Wars' is going to be a doozy.

Six members of Sea Shepherd, the organization featured regularly on the Animal Planet show, were rescued in the Antarctic after their boat, the Ady Gil, was rammed and severely damaged by a Japanese whaling vessel.If Wednesday's near-fatal clash between Japanese whalers and activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is any indicator, the upcoming third season of Animal Planet's 'Whale Wars' is going to be a doozy.

Six members of Sea Shepherd, the organization featured regularly on the Animal Planet show, were rescued in the Antarctic after their boat, the Ady Gil, was rammed and severely damaged by a Japanese whaling vessel.

One member of the crew suffered minor injuries in the form of cracked ribs, but as you can see from this YouTube video featuring footage obtained by the Associated Press, the outcome could have been far worse.



The Ady Gil, which is the Sea Shepherd's new trimaran, was flanking the whaling boat, the Shonan Maru 2, in what appears to be the usual cat-and-mouse game between the two sides.

However, this time the boats got too close, and the much larger Shonan Maru ended up shearing off the bow of the Ady Gil.

"It was aiming at the crew's command quarters, which could have certainly killed somebody, Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson told the AP.

Of course, in this heated battled, stories differ on each side -- the Shonan Maru crew claims the Ady Gil was moving toward their ship with an intent to ram, but misjudged the point of impact.

Take a look and decide for yourself.

Animal Planet officials are set to release a statement regarding the matter later on Wednesday.

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The ady gil was out of fuel...so the shonan maru couldve easily manouvered around it (their ships have great manouverability.)
I think the whaling ships should have to pay to rebuild or repair the damages done. Ady gil couldnt move or steer to get around it at the cause of no fuel the whalers took the chance to take out the most significant part of the sea shepards crew and of their 3 ships the japanese are total liars they say the Ady Gil went into their course which is a lie because they were out of fuel

June 03 2011 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
havasubaseball

some peoples perception of the video amaze me. it was deliberate. and to call these people white trash goes one step further. thumbs up for doing what they believe in try believing in something ( tim )

July 22 2010 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Lukedude08

I am going to go ahead and post the other video AGAIN to PROVE that the whaling boat made a sharp turn into the Ady Gil.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bbuq0YEIPNU

And for those who are saying that in the video on this site shows white water behind the Ady Gil proving its movement forward, you have no idea what you are talking about. FULL REVERSE in any boat churns up an ungodly amount of water. The water being churned was STATIONARY and NOT being shot back, meaning that they were IN full reverse. Now if you watch this video. then the video i just linked. you can see the reason why they went in full reverse. Its because the whaling ship made a SHARP turn towards them and the Ady Gil attempted to move. ANYONE who watches the video i just posted and says that its not the Japanese's fault is simply in denial. nuf said

September 06 2010 at 1:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cory

Are you guys kidding me. Did you watch the episode? They werent movig at all. this video shows nothing compared to what happen on the actual episode. The japenese sea vessel totally just rammed the Ady Gil and nobody can change the fact that this was the Shonan Maru's fault. The Captain of the Shonan Maru even said that he did ram it Intentionally.

July 16 2010 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mason

It doesnt matter that the japanese have been using whales in oils, natural healing practices and fine dining for thousands of years. It's incredibly wrong. These animals are endangered and the japanese are beaking the law to make money off of their lives. That said, that ady gil is a tremendously more maneuverable vessel. These activist boast their willingness to risk their lives for whales well it happened, they should take it on the chin and come back in full force to sink thr nishin maru once and for all!

July 02 2010 at 2:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jeff

it looks to me like the ady gil was trying to reverse but it was to late, and im also not suprized the boat had an ill fate, they should have never renamed the boat, after all renaming a boat is bad luck

June 09 2010 at 1:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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