by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes.


Last year, the Japanese whaling fleet surprised the Sea Shepherd with a new long-range acoustic device designed to disorient and keep the group at bay. In a nutshell, it sounded something like a high-pitched shrill similar to that of a smoke detector. While annoying, it definitely did not keep Paul Watson and Co. from continuing to be a nuisance — and it appears to have inspired them to bring their own “music”.

Pete Bethune, captain of the new Sea Shepherd stealth boat “Ady Gil”, has revealed that he’ll be blaring the song “Tangaroa” from NZ musician Tiki Taan. “It’s a pretty spooky dark song and it’s got this sort of ethereal Maori chant going on it and I don’t think they’ll like it at all,” he told a NZ Radio station. “It’s a little bit of mind games. We’re not down there to make friends with them – we’re down there to intimidate them and disrupt them and see what we can do to make life difficult.”

To broadcast the music, Bethune has installed an array of speakers on the Ady Gil capable of producing 9,000 watts of sound. He plans to crank it while circling the harpoon ships and getting in between them and the whales. Have a listen to Tangaroa below — and yes, it sounds much better than a smoke detector.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    crank that sound up sea sheperd and drive those illegal japanese whale kilers NUTS!

  • Rob Maguire

    Police have begun using these tactics more frequently against activists, so it’s incredibly refreshing to see Watson and crew co-opt these tactics.

  • Lizzie

    Sounds like a fantastic idea! I actually love that song. It reminds me of home (home being NZ)

    p.s you spelt Tiki Tane’s name incorrectly :p

  • Adri

    Go Sea Shepherd!!

  • Nick Wiggill

    Awesome guys…. give ‘em hell.

  • Mick

    Give them a taste of their own medicine!

    Watching the exploits of the Sea Shepherd I often wondered why they didn’t use the Helicopter to drop the buteric acid straight on to the deck or the ramp where the Whales are brought up.

    Big Up to the Sea Shepherd!!!

    • Brendan

      I wondered the same thing, it must be seriously illegal or something to bomb them from the chopper.


        I don’t think it is illegal, but it would be more likely to harm someone than manual deployment.

    • Rolf Henning

      It is actually highly illegal to drop something from the chopper, Breach of the ATS and would cause the pilot to lose his FAA license.

  • georgina0912

    OH MY DOG! I loved the song!!!!!

  • Scotty

    He should play some Armin Van Buuren remix.

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  • dan

    Ironic that the Maori´s used to eat whale, and are trying to get the right to do it again…

  • Devon

    This whole thing sounds like a bunch of children playing games.

  • Ben

    To Dan,Maori only ate the Whales that stranded themselves on the beach,they never hunted them until Whalers entered the Pacific.PS,they arent “trying to get the right to do it again” as you’ve ill-informly said so.

  • Vaultfm

    You guys are so mean!

  • Andy

    To Ben: The Te Ohu Kaimoana Trust chief executive was quoted in the Otago Daily Times on January 14 2010 as saying that (1) the Trust supported the indigenous whaling rights of other nations and (2) the Trust would be interested in taking whale meat from whale strandings. In the same news item the Maori Party said that it had no policy on whaling.

    So at least one Maori fisheries group HAS expressed a desire to take whale meat.

    To your other point – although there is no evidence of pre-European whaling by Maori, there is evidence of dolphin hunting and of driving pilot whales ashore during mass strandings (as opposed to merely taking advantage of those already stranded). Maori canoes were not suited to the hunting of large whales and this may be the only reason that Maori were not whale hunters. You might want to check early Maori oral history – rarely quoted today. There are plenty of worthwhile resources in the universities around NZ and at the National Library of New Zealand.

  • Chathura Asanga kulasinghe

    This is an amazing effort! Specially, it’s a funny thing and importantly it’s for protecting the nature from eager people!
    “lt.Col John Shepard against the Wraiths who sucks whales lives!”