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Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd admits defeat: “we can't match Japan's military surveillance technology”

Wednesday, August 30th 2017 - 08:07 UTC
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The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has announced it will not intercept Japanese vessels in the Southern Ocean this season. The group's ships have confronted Japanese vessels off Antarctica each year since 2005. Read full article


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  • Clyde15

    It really is a farce for Japan to “hunt for scientific research”. They have a market for whale meat so why, at least, are they not honest about it ?

    There must be something in the Asian mentality that still thinks that they have the right to empty the seas of all life.

    Aug 30th, 2017 - 08:31 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RedBaron

    Have Japan ever shared the results of their scientific research? What exactly are they learning by slaughtering 333 of the world's greatest creatures? Surely they can only research and research until there are no more whales to learn whatever it is the Japs are so intent on learning?
    Maybe they are just researching how quickly a population or species can be wiped out by a resolute and stubborn nation.

    Aug 30th, 2017 - 11:09 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Room101

    Economies and culture: difficult to reconcile. It will take more than words to resolve this.

    Aug 30th, 2017 - 11:20 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Apparently all they've learned is that whales taste good and people will pay a lot of money for their meat.

    Aug 30th, 2017 - 11:45 am - Link - Report abuse -2
  • Marti Llazo

    If the lower end of the scale for perceived intelligence were the way we determined what to eat, we'd be consuming choripaneros bonarenses instead of chicken.

    Aug 30th, 2017 - 02:47 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • RedBaron

    Apparently, the Japanese cold stores are overflowing with unsold whale meat because the younger generation don't want to eat it any more, so how does that square with the taste of whale meat being good?

    Sep 01st, 2017 - 12:07 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    I see that Norway's whale catch allocation has increased to 999 whales for this season. Norway takes more whales than all the other whaling countries combined, but Japan gets the bad rep. Greenpiss has been reluctant to take on the Norwegians since that government has convicted a number of them, busted up at least one more, seized a bunch of their small craft, fined the organisation a good deal of money, and threatened to make fishmeal out of the Greenpissers if they even look crosseyed at a Norwegian ship. Apparently one or more bullets found their way into Greenpiss watercraft, and they evidently took the hint. It seems as though there are certain Norwegians who do not suffer fools gladly.

    Turns out that what Greenpiss is describing as “Japans military surveillance technology” was likely the AIS collision-avoidance equipment that the Greenpiss ship owners were obligated to install and operate.

    Sep 01st, 2017 - 03:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • RedBaron

    Mario Lanza - AIS transponders can hardly be described as military surveillance technology - every ship in the world- not just military but civilian also- has an AIS transponder on board (not always switched on, of course).
    It is more likely that the Japs are operating more with the assistance of satellite tracking from other sources to find the Sea Shepherd vessels (you seem to be confusing two totally separate organisations - generally the Greenpeace ships do not follow the Jap whaling fleet in the Antarctic).

    Sep 01st, 2017 - 07:43 am - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Livingthedream

    Whale meat has a hight mercury content so let the Japs choke on it!!

    Sep 03rd, 2017 - 01:15 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Marti Llazo

    Greenpiss used to publish “ tuna is high in mercury bla bla bla” in their attempts to discourage tuna consumption and reduce catches. But Greenpiss is famous for their phony “science” and their efforts haven't done much except in their own minds.

    Remember when Greenpiss was trying to ban chlorinated water?

    Sep 03rd, 2017 - 04:09 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • RedBaron

    Mario Lanza- it seems that there is no limit to your twisted ramblings.
    “New research suggests that eating these whale products may have unexpected consequences. The results of a study that will appear in the June 15 edition of the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology indicate that packaged whale meat in Japan contains dangerously high levels of mercury.”
    Do you honestly confuse an eminent international scientific journal with a charitable environmental organisation?
    Please check your “facts” first before making any deluded comments.

    Sep 03rd, 2017 - 04:25 pm - Link - Report abuse +1
  • Marti Llazo

    Tout Rouge - Do the calculations and look a little closer. People who consume whale meat do so in very small amounts. The very small amount of mercury in the very small amount of whale meat resolves into a meaninglessly low degree of toxicity. The typical consumers of Gulf-region (US) seafood or Norwegian freshwater fish are likely to ingest a great deal more mercury because of the larger quantities consumed. Not everyone is frightened into trembling silliness by the politicised rantings of environmentalists and the blatherings of “oh, it has mercury in it!” Nor do sensible people take the pseudo-science of Greenpiss seriously. And US-based “environmentalist” stories are likely to be quite deceptive and misleading, such as when a certain concentration of toxins is found in the livers of one species of whale and then cleverly suggesting in media-oriented summaries that such concentrations are uniformly distributed throughout the meat in vaguely related species. Neither your “eminent” magazines nor your “charitable” criminal organisation are to be trusted.

    Sep 03rd, 2017 - 08:34 pm - Link - Report abuse -2
  • El capitano 1

    I now want to see the TERRORIST Paul Watson in jail....How this piece of garbage has not had some one killed really escapes me....!

    Sep 04th, 2017 - 11:28 pm - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Marti Llazo


    I seem to recall that Watson was arrested, convicted, sentenced, and went to prison (or jail) in a couple of countries. Though not for as long as he should have been. One of his ships, the Farley Mowat, was seized at gunpoint by Canadian authorities after a number of unlawful activities and deliberate collisions with a Canadian Coast Guard vessel. Seems as though Watson made direct death threats against some Canadian government authorities. I think Watson still has outstanding criminal charges from several countries, has an Interpol arrest warrant, and is essentially a fugitive from justice. A true criminal.

    Sep 05th, 2017 - 12:58 am - Link - Report abuse -3
  • Ray Mondellio

    damn those japan eaters..wish those dead..flora killers

    Sep 06th, 2017 - 11:48 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marti Llazo

    Rayo: “...flora killers...” ????

    Oiga, el 27 de junio es el Día del Boludo.

    Sep 06th, 2017 - 03:55 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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