The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's vessel Ady Gil had its bow sheared off and was taking on water Wednesday after it collided with the Japanese whaling ship in the frigid waters of Antarctica. The boat's six crew members were safely rescued. The clash was the most serious in the past several years, during which the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has sent vessels into far-southern waters to try to harass the Japanese fleet into ceasing its annual whale hunt. Each side routinely accuses the other of dangerous activity during what has become a cat-and-mouse chase in one of the world's most remote regions.



Video from the Japanese boat:


Video from another Sea Sheppard boat:


Some frames of the collision







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8 Response to 'Collision between Sea Shepherd’s Adi Gil and Japanese whaling boat'

  1. Shark Diver
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/collision-between-sea-shepherds-adi-gil.html?showComment=1263253727836#c4120556415999693583'> January 12, 2010 at 12:48 AM

    We would like to congratulate Sea Shepherd and Animal Planet on a fantastic staged event for television - perhaps one of the best staged disaster moments of 2010.

    As production people ourselves we know the hazards and very real dangers of staging live disasters for television. It's a highly technical world only professionals can effectively operate in.

    Multi-million dollar staged disasters are often canceled at the last minute due to OSHA compliance or studio fears of death and dismemberment. Sea Shepherd on the other hand have found a way to circumvent all of the requirements for staged disaster television by only allowing all volunteer crews and staging the event against non paid, non union, Japanese whalers.

    By-passing all clean environmental requirements for television productions by producing this man made disaster in the Antarctic ocean was another master stroke. The clean up of several thousand gallons of bio diesel spilled by the Ady Gil and retrieval of the vessel from the sea floor would have cost Sea Shepherd and Whale Wars production millions if this disaster had been filmed in the USA.

    Brilliant!

    Managing to move Sea Shepherds $2 million dollar vessel Ady Gil into the path of Japanese whalers was a stroke of nautical timing by a seasoned captain who knew his vessel, and the direction wind, waves, and engines were carrying it. Catching the whole thing on video from the Bob Barker at just the right angle was pure reality television.

    We were doubly impressed with the witty and show branding quote from SSCS Paul Watson immediately after the stunt "Now we're in a Real Whale War!" reminding the global audience that this is, after all, Must See TV!

    Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have proven to be much evolved from the earlier staged days of Paul Watson being shot by Japanese whalers. In terms of production quality and emotional leverage that staged event was not one of the top three of the 2007 reality television season.

    Kudos again to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Animal Planet for once again leading the way to a new decade of reality television. The disaster staging keeps getting better and better, and your circumvention of all production norms and safety regulations allows your organization to literally shoot for the moon.

    We're looking forward to more man made disasters in the coming months!

     

  2. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/collision-between-sea-shepherds-adi-gil.html?showComment=1263586187232#c2417640881117733966'> January 15, 2010 at 9:09 PM

    A vital flaw in Shark Diver's perception of the Ady Gil ramming as a staged disaster moment for television production is its being myopic and not multi dimensional. like looking at the collission unmindful of the cause and the wild and barren environment.

    A broader look would show the Antartic environment. A Japanese whaling ship has no business to be even there. Not to hunt for whales which anti hunting advocates have an equal right to prevent, and certainly, not as a naval vessel for hostile activities as spraying water jets and ramming a smaller and defenseless craft.

    Responsible and professional production people should not miss the overview and broader perspective before focusing on the specifics.

    Undeniably, there is a whale war. Hence, all means to defeat the enemy and uphold a righteous and moral cause is fair.

    In this sense, I salute the Sea Shepherd, Capt. Paul Watson and Animal Planet. Keep up the good works.

    Call me Advocate John

     

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