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Judge Rules Sea Shepherd Wrongfully Sank Crippled 'Whale Wars' Vessel

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The unfortunate drama surrounding the collision and sinking of the Ady Gil has finally reached a conclusion. An arbitrator last week ruled that the Sea Shepherd acted “wrongful” in their decision to scuttle the ship and not allow for proper salvage efforts.

The trimaran, named for its benefactor and owner Ady Gil, a Hollywood TV businessman and animal activist, famously collided on January 7th, 2010 with a Japanese whaling vessel. The event, captured on film for Animal Planet’s “Whale Wars” reality series, drew international attention for both the conservation organization and its anti-whaling mission.

While the Ady Gil was disabled by the collision, it was by engineering standards apparently never in jeopardy of fully sinking. In rendering her decision, arbitrator Jean Kalicki said Sea Shepherd’s interests were not for the vessel, but likely for the television ratings and public favor to be gained in its demise.

“Respondents nonetheless concocted and implemented a secret plan to scuttle the vessel, for their own reasons and without consulting the vessel’s owner,” she writes in a portion of the ruling (not subject to the protective order) sent to us by Ady Gil. “This decision was not made for the primary reason of reducing navigational hazards….but for purposes of continuing their mission and more fundamentally maintaining the high drama that they believed the Whale Wars audience had come to expect, and on which SSCS’s own popularity (and potential future fundraising) in part depended.”

The arbitrator adds that the Sea Shepherd’s decision was ‘wrongful,” with the matter not nearly so dire that the organization had any right to take the situation into its own hands without first contacting Mr. Gil.

In characterizing testimony for the suit, the arbitrator was particularly harsh on Paul Watson; finding the Sea Shepherd founder in some instances to “be highly evasive, internally contradictory, or at odds with his own prior written statements, and in certain areas simply lacking the basic indicia of genuineness that instinctively inspires confidence and trust.”

As for Gil, she stated his “testimony appeared genuine in intent if somewhat fuzzy in detail, and perhaps colored in hindsight by strong emotions of betrayal on the part of those in whom he had placed a perhaps naïve degree of trust.”

In siding will Mr. Gil, the arbitrator awarded him compensatory damages of $500,000 plus interest from January 8th, 2010 forward.

Over email, Mr. Gil stated that he’s satisfied with the decision and that he “cared more about the truth which came out, than the money.” He added that the compensatory damages received will go back to his foundation, AGWC, to help animals.

Sea Shepherd released a statement to Ecorazzi stating that while they were pleased further damages sought by Mr. Gil were not awarded, they were nonetheless disappointed that any financial obligation regarding the Ady Gil was necessary.

“As Sea Shepherd has always maintained, responsibility for the loss of the Ady Gil lies with the Captain of the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru #2, who destroyed the ship without consequence,” the organization said. “Sea Shepherd has been pursuing the Japanese whalers in court to compensate for its loss of the use of the vessel and will continue to do so.”

They added:  “Sea Shepherd went to the Southern Ocean prepared to risk our lives and our ships; achievement was spectacular in terms of the thousands of whales saved. While we regret the loss of the Ady Gil, we do not regret the fact that our actions not only saved whales but also contributed to the International Court of Justice verdict that declared Japanese whaling operations in the Southern Ocean illegal.”

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  • MDDO

    This whole situation is terrible, but does the author actually know who Machiavelli was?

    • ecorazzi

      MDDO – Thank you for your comment. We can see how that would be misconstrued and have changed the language. Appreciate the insight.

  • lilredhsb

    Finally justice for Ady Gil and once again proof PW is nothing but a liar.

    • marcus

      Ady Gil and Pete Bethune are just grubby old men who make out they care about the environment when in reality they care more about themselves with little to no clue about Conservation.

      • Joseph Kool

        You just described Paul Watson

        • marcus

          Yer Nah. The two I described have No History in Marine Conservation and pay women for sex. Yet Paul Watson Has over 50 years saving marine Wildlife and has a wife. Huge difference.

          • Reality Check

            Whether someone pays for sex or not, or has a wife or not, is utterly irrelevant, and betrays the absurd level of subjectivity in your replies. Also, the fact that you think that having a wife means you have a better attitude towards women is hilarious and makes me think you are just a child.

          • marcus

            Guess there are those who need to pay for sex and those who don’t. Nobody I know has to pay to have sex. Maybe you pay for sex? I never said anything about having a wife.?? Where did you read anything I said about a wife? Maybe you are a kid. Or Maybe you are just an adult with a poor education. I don’t know. But that’s Hilarious

      • Reality Check

        Lol, because SSSC have a clue about conservation?

        • marcus

          Sea Shepherd have a massive history in Marine Conservation. Paul Watson was voted in the top 50 Environmentalists of our time and one of the most influential. Think you should pull your head in and stop making an ass of yourself.

  • Eliezer Ben Yehuda

    I’m so old that I remember that the ===actual=== job of a shepherd, is to prepare the livestock for slaughter.

    • Tracey Dunn Williamson

      The sheperd is the one who watches and protects.

      • Ólavur Petersen

        Hardly. If they actually wanted to make a difference, then they would target those who pollute the ocean rather than the hunters, as the hunters aren’t any threat to the ocean, while those who pollute are.

        Only a truly simple mind would think Sea Shepherd has ever made a difference, as they aren’t even doing anything right

  • Kevin Yzaguirre

    Ady Gil Parasite and money monger who cares for wildlife about as much as a cattle rancher in that all he sees is dollar signs. How dare you call Paul a liar. This man has done more for ocean wildlife than all other organizations combined. When, for example have you seen ANY other organizations in the Southern Ocean? For that matter when was the last time ol Ady did anything except cash checks?

    • mitchell9

      “…have you seen ANY other organizations in the Southern Ocean? ”

      Of course we have. Why haven’t you?
      Surely you are aware that Greenpeace was in the Southern Ocean both before Sea Shepherd and also overlapping the time frame of the first few Whale Wars seasons.

      • Kevin Yzaguirre

        Greenpeace has NOT been in the southern ocean in years and when they were there what good did they do? Hold up signs asking or rather begging them to stop? Yes greenpeace will take credit for the ruling against Japan but SSCS. Boats don’t go to protest they go to intervene. Big, no huge difference.

        • mitchell9

          The fact is that Greenpeace had been going down there before Sea Shepherd. Greenpeace was still in the SO the first two years that Sea Shepherd was there. GP didn’t prop foul or throw bottles, but they did try to disrupt refueling.

          • Kevin Yzaguirre

            No one disputes the fact they USED to go down there but they haven’t been in years. Since SSCSW has been there the whale counts have dropped significantly to less then 10 % of their quota. Greenpeace cant say that.

          • mitchell9

            Double check the question you originally asked:
            “When, for example have you seen ANY other organizations in the Southern Ocean? ”

            I told you when, I told you who.

            Now go double check your math. You claim that Japan has only achieved 10% of their quota during the SSCS years? Sea Shepherd began their SO campaigns during the JARPA I era in ’02/’03 when the minke quota was 440. That was the only species targeted under that program. Japan took 441 whales that year.

            SSCS did not return to the SO again until ’05/06 season with a helicopter. The Japanese are now under the new version JARPA II program with a quota of 850 for minke and 10 Fin whales (Two year feasibility study for Fin)
            Catches:(source: IWC catch limits under permit)
            05/06………856 minke …..10 fin
            06/07………508 minke……..3 fin

            The fin quota is raised to 50 for the remainder of the program. Humpbacks were considered but never taken as part of a compromise deal made with the US Commissioner of IWC.
            Catches: (source: IWC catch limits under permit)
            07/08………551 minke……..0 fin
            08/09………680 minke……..1 fin
            09/10………507 minke……..1 fin
            10/11………171 minke……..2 fin
            11/12………266 minke……..1 fin
            12/13………103 minke……..0 fin
            13/14………252 minke……..0 fin

            To say that SSCS has held them to under 10% of their quota is a misstatement of the facts. In fact, more whales have been killed during the Sea Shepherd years than during the Greenpeace years. Most of that is because the quota changed. You might also recall that in the 10/11 season Japan started to arrive in the SO a full month later than previously, thereby shortening their season and opportunity to catch whales. This along with SSCS harassment is the reason for lower catch numbers since that time. BOTH play a role in the reduced catch.

          • Kevin Yzaguirre

            Your right my math is bad I am talking total catch not Antarctic. I apologize but in 12/13 it was less then 10%. And even so starting in 10/11 the numbers were cut by half of their Southern Ocean quota. To say Greenpeace had any better success is just wrong.

          • mitchell9

            Well total catch would be skewed even more in my favor (well above the 10% threshold) since Sea Shepherd has no impact on North Pacific catches. Best set the math aside. 😉 And fwiw 10% of (850 + 50) = 90. The catch of 12/13 at 103 is greater than 90; greater than 10%.

            Greenpeace takes a different approach to be sure and I don’t say they are better or worse. but their success is not measured in imaginary saves of whales for which there was no opportunity to catch.

            I already suggested to you that another reason for low catches was the one month delay in the start of the program beginning in 10/11, the same year that they retired their refueling tanker Oriental Bluebird. This ship both refueled and also offloaded whale meat for return to Japan mid season. Without that vessel, there is simply no way that the Nisshin Maru has the capacity to even carry a full quota on board. To suggest that Sea Shepherd is solely and exclusively responsible for the drop is just plain wrong. Sea Shepherd is a factor but not the only factor; despite the claims by Paul Watson.
            Look at these claims with a critical eye and before you dump all over a man you know nothing about in favor of a man you think you know, become better informed on what’s really going on here.

          • Kevin Yzaguirre

            This year, Japanese whalers had their least successful hunting season on record, taking fewer than half the animals they killed during 2011-2012. The Japanese government blamed the meager harvest on “unforgivable sabotage” by the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an accusation that Sea Shepherd claims as a badge of honor.

            It was a short, dismal season for the whalers, who were followed and harassed by four Sea Shepherd vessels across the waters off southwest Australia. They returned to Japan with their lowest Antarctic catch ever: just 103 minke whales, far short of their stated goal of 935. The whalers had also set out to kill 50 humpbacks and 50 fin whales, but took none.

            The tally was announced this week in Tokyo by Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, who blamed Sea Shepherd for the low numbers and called clashes with the activists “sabotage.”

            The hunt lasted 48 days, 21 of them spent avoiding Sea Shepherd, according to the Institute of Cetacean Research, the official name of Japan’s whaling operations. Japan has been engaged in “’research whaling,” since 1987, though catches have been shrinking in recent years, largely due to Sea Shepherd’s interventions.

          • Kevin Yzaguirre

            Just one of many articles released

          • Kevin Yzaguirre

            Kind of hard to deny when the other side is singing your praises for you

          • mitchell9

            See what I mean about phantom saves? They do not target humpbacks and announce it before each season.

            You said above that you were interested in facts.

            The minke quota is 850 not 935. There is a margin of error +/- 10%. If you insist on adding m.o.e. to inflate the perception of saves, one can just as easily subtract it to diminish the same perception.

            Humpbacks are not targeted under a deal worked out with Bill Hogarth at IWC. They were never targeted under JARPAII. They did not require saving.

            Fleet size and strength was reduced in 2010/11 and had nothing to do with Sea Shepherd. Oriental Bluebird was retired as I mentioned before with the resulting loss in cargo carrying capacity mentioned before also. This impacts the number of whales that can be taken and is not influenced by SSCS direct action tactics.

            Other reductions to fleet: Kyoshin Maru #2 and Kaiko Maru were retired as non lethal sighting survey vessels. A Yushin class harpoon vessel was re tasked to fill this role (usually the YM #3) resulting in one less harpoon vessel. This cuts the opportunity to hunt by one third. Two harpoon vessels remain.

            Season is shortened by several weeks starting in 10/11 which reduces the opportunity to catch whales. In later years the delay will grow to a month. How can this not have an effect on the opportunity to kill whales?

            Sea Shepherd does play a role in reducing number of whales killed, but again, they are not the sole reason. All of the above are contributing factors to the reductions you note since 2010/11. All of the above occurred at that period in time. Those are the facts. No spin, no rhetoric trying to lay blame off on SSCS as ICR prepares to sue them.

            Watson also acknowledges the above factors in this commentary he wrote. He acknowledges that there is no way a quota can be achieved yet he still used that as his baseline in measuring saves at the end of the season, didn’t he? Ask yourself why.

            Some excerpts from Watson:

            “The Japanese whaling fleet is on its way to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary two weeks later than usual, and without a supply vessel or a sighting vessel.”

            “The whalers don’t have a supply vessel of their own, and they need to have a ship bring down fuel and to offload whale meat because of limited storage room on the Nisshin Maru factory ship. So without a supply and refueling ship, their whaling season may well be cut short,…”

            “With the whaling fleet leaving Japan late on December 2, they will not meet their normal start time of mid-December, which means the whalers will most likely not be in position to harpoon a whale until the end of December or early January.”

            ” The Japanese fleet will not get its quota this season, and that is a certainty.”
            Source of excerpts:
            http://www.seashepherd.org/commentary-and-editorials/2010/12/03/killing-time-is-better-than-whalers-killing-whales-47

          • Pete

            Rubbish. Greenpeace achieved nothing. Sea Shepherd did. That’s fairly obvious.

          • marcus

            Greenpeace even went on New Zealand TV saying “they” sent the fleet home early by putting pressure on the Japanese government. When in truth it was because of Sea Shepherd Harassment. The Japanese even went on record saying Greenpeace had nothing to do with them returning early. Greenpeace is completely hopeless. Sea Shepherd achieved more in just one year in the Southern ocean than Greenpeace their whole history going down there. Watch “battleship Antarctica” produced by Greenpeace. A real eye opener to how hopeless Greenpeace are.

          • marcus

            I don’t really think putting a zodiac in the water and between to massive ships for a photo opportunity was really trying to disrupt refueling. There is forage on you tube showing what happened and you can clearly hear a crew member yelling” have you got the shot” before they pull the boat away.

    • Ólavur Petersen

      Really now? Want me to show you Watson desperately wanting goons like you to donate to get 4 boats, and now saying “Maybe” we’ll get 4 boats? That’s not only lying, but also scamming.

      Face it, Watson is worthless. He doesn’t even know the first thing about conservation.

      • Kevin Yzaguirre

        Axe to grind or grind to go to? I guess it wasnt sea shepherd that shut down the bandit six in the southern ocean. Oh and its not sea shepherd on the ground in Costa Rica, Hondurous, And Florida protecting Sea Turtles. Oh yeah i forgot it wasnt Sea Shepherd that has saved over 5000 whales in Antartica over the past years.

        • Ólavur Petersen

          Saying “Sea turtles” is redundant, as there are either turtles (aquatic animal) or turtoise (land animal).

          Anyway, you’re clearly brainwashed by their lies. They haven’t saved a single whale anywhere. Take their most recent lie for example “We saved 500 whales in Faroe Islands on Wednesday”.
          Now, I work in a small town between Fuglafjør and Gøtu, and I saw both Sam Simon and Bob Barker sail back and forth between those two villages, and the weather was cloudy, and rainy, while the pictures they showed, the weather was sunny and clear. It was really easy to call that lie, but you probably believed it without a single doubt.

          Oh and there’s nothing to protect sea turtles from. In “protecting” them, they are hurting other wildlife such as birds. Birds whose seasonal diet at that time is baby turtles. It’s the natural way of life, and they have no right to interfere with that.

          • Kevin Yzaguirre

            Had a feeling you lived there I really don’t think it’s about me being brainwashed, but probably all that poison whale neat on your feeble little brain. Yes whales gave been saved even the ICR has confirmed that Sea Shepherd has been responsible for them catching only a fraction of their quota.

          • Ólavur Petersen

            Feeble brain, and yet you’re the one who makes a mistake in your spelling… ironic.
            Anyway, you don’t even care about facts, and only believe what Watson says because it sounds cuter.

          • Kevin Yzaguirre

            Facts? people like you care nothing about facts because the FACTS of the situation tell the whole world how wrong you are. No someone like you just goes on and spreads filthy little lies so as try and justify your barbaric slaughter of innocent creatures for some misguided since of tradition. Let me ask you. What kind of a society is it that takes pleasure in the slaughter and blood lust your countrymen are partaking in? Is this in any way civilized? No but you would rather deflect the focus away by spewing out garbage which has no FACTUAL base. I’m really not mad at you or your murdering comrades, but rather I feel extremely sorry for you.

          • Ólavur Petersen

            Wow, you really got everything backwards there mate. The sad thing is, people like you are the ones who are blind to facts.
            For example, pilot whales are flourishing, and we have the research to back that up. Documents going back 100’s of years.
            But you of course deny this, because Watson (an uneducated idiot) says so.
            I mean honestly, I could give you every single fact, and show you exactly how wrong people like you are, but why bother? You’ll just deny it anyway.

          • Kevin Yzaguirre

            First of all were not mates. Anyone who would take pleasure in the killing of another innocent being would never be my mate. Second of all I really don’t care how many are in the ocean the torture, by driving them, and the cruel slaughter is the thing that’s wrong. Its a fact that your “tradition” is outdated and wrong. That why every civilized person on the planet is saying so.

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          • Pete

            Your ” facts” really are just thoughts you have made up in your head. If the Japanese admit that Sea Shepherd have protected lives of whales by interference then maybe you should Man up and just admit they have also.

          • Pete

            Strange because every single year that Sea Shepherd went to Antarctica and confronted the Japanese the Japanese fleet would return home saying they were unable to kill whales BECAUSE of Sea Shepherd interference. That blatantly says Sea Shepherd saved lives.

        • TLinTX

          “Oh yeah i forgot it wasnt Sea Shepherd that has saved over 5000 whales in Antartica over the past years.”

          No, they didn’t.

      • Pete

        Voted in the top ten Conservationists in the world of our time by Time Magazine I think you are delutional to think he hasn’t a clue.

        • Kevin Yzaguirre

          I’ve met the guy and talked with him. And yes beyond a doubt he is only about the money. He actually took credit for closing the Hump restaurant. I’m talking about Ady not Paul. Paul is a man who has given everything for his cause and that’s why he is among the great people of our time. Yeah sure when you oppose nation states you get very unpopular and they use the media to smear his name but you cant argue against the proven and documented successes SSCS has and continues to have

          • marcus

            I really dislike Ady Gil. But Paul is a great guy.

    • TLinTX

      “How dare you call Paul a liar.”

      Paul Watson IS a liar.

      • Pete

        Grasping at straws huh

        • TLinTX

          Not at all. Merely stating a fact.

          • Pete

            But when you don’t know the facts you should maybe keep quiet so you don’t look like a dropkick.

          • TLinTX

            I do know that facts. One of them is that Watson is a liar.

          • Pete

            You definatly are Delutional.

          • Pete

            Funny how you call Paul a liar yet you spew nonsense on here continually. Either you are completely ignorant OR you are a compulsive liar?

          • TLinTX

            Except I can prove Watson is a liar.

            For example, he lied and said that he’s never broken a law, then when that was proven to be a lie, he said that he never had a criminal conviction, then when that was proven to be a lie, he said he never had a felony conviction, which finally happens to be true.

            He also lied and said that $30 million dollars of donated money was used to fund whaling after the earthquake/tsunami in 2011.
            In the VERY SAME statement, he acknowledged that the money actually came from tax revenue, paid by Japanese taxpayers.

          • Pete

            Wow those are massive lies. They must have really really hurt your feelings. Seems that most people don’t care if Paul’s circumstances have changed. Sea Shepherd membership and support has grown steadily since. The Japanese fleet is banned from entering Australia’s, New Zealand and any Indonesian port. Japan has become an over populated radioactive dump.

          • TLinTX

            Just two examples of a consistent behavior.
            He lies about things constantly.

          • Pete

            If you haven’t spent any time around someone and just make judgement by what you are told in media reports then probably best not to make out you know somebody.

          • TLinTX

            This isn’t about what is being “told in media”, it comes straight from Watson’s lying mouth.

          • Pete

            You need to get over it. It’s really lame to be hung up on this. You are slightly obsessed. Maybe aim your anger at the Japanese or Pete Bethune. They lie a ton more than Paul Watson ever does.

          • TLinTX

            “They lie a ton more than Paul Watson ever does.”

            Not even close.

          • Pete

            That shows what a clown you are.

  • djoyce

    Larger vessels have the right of way because they can not turn as fast. The loss of the vessel is entirely at the hands of Sea Shepherd. They knowingly cut the japanese vessel off, which was the bigger ship, which had the right of way.

    • The fact that SS found it necessary to destroy the SIMRAD (blackbox for ships) by throwing it overboard also demonstrates their culpability – and their awareness of that culpability.
      When Maritime Authorities in New Zealand recovered the SIMRAD from a beach in Tasmania, it was discovered the Earthrace vessel accelerated straight into the collision while a swell caused the SM2 to “dip” starboard.

      • Pete

        Actually it showed both skippers to be at fault. As reported by the NZ maritime Authority.

      • marcus

        Tasmania is in Australia not New Zealand

    • Steve Bone

      “Larger vessels have the right of way because they can not turn as fast.”

      Are you sure about that?

      • Ólavur Petersen

        Seeing as SS could have easily gotten out of the way, there is no excuse. In fact, there is no reason the bigger ship should have to change its course, just because some idiots put themselves in front of the ships path. That’s just asking for it.

    • AlphaNerd

      It intentionally turned toward and hit the Ady Gil.

      No defense for the evil bastards and you are a piece of dirt for defending them.

      • Joseph Kool

        You mad?

    • mecengdvr

      That is not at all true. The Colregs say nothing about size.

  • Gina Christopher

    It’s all unfortunate, but let’s not forget why they were out there in the first place…to save whales…let’s get back to that!

    • Ólavur Petersen

      Thing is, there is no good reason to save whales. For one, barely any of the ones that are hunted are endangered, and won’t become endangered due to whaling, but rather pollution. If Sea Shepherd actually cared for marine life, then they would be fighting pollution, not petty harassment of hunters. Is it really that hard understand?
      Also, whales don’t have any purpose to the ecosystem, they simply exist. The only thing that really matters in the ocean is the plant life in the (euphotic) zone, which provides much of the oxygen the planet needs.
      “If the ocean dies, we die”. Yeah, I agree, 100%. However, trying to save the whales won’t make a difference to saving the ocean.

      No matter how you look at it, Sea Shepherd have no purpose to exist as they don’t even do what’s needs to be done to save the ocean.

      • Tracey Dunn Williamson

        I was unaware that other beings here with us have to serve a purpose to be of value, but that is the human thought process. If I can’t exploit it, make money from it, it has no purpose. Perhaps that is the reason to save the whales , they do not possess such disgusting behavior or traits. Its really not up to you to dictate who has purpose. If you want to play that game ….You have zero purpose in the eco system as well , only sucking up resources.

      • Pete

        Actually you have no purpose on this planet either. If you died the planet would probably be in a better state. Should we hunt you? The stupid thing is you believe species need to be under threat of extinction before we should care. And that’s why this planet is screwed. And Sea Shepherd do plenty towards cleaning our oceans and beaches. Just because you don’t see it on TV dont Assume it doesn’t happen

        • Ólavur Petersen

          You didn’t even read half of what I said, did you? Hunters are no threat to animals, because animals reproduce more than which is hunted.
          The real threat is pollution, simple as that. So no, Sea Shepherd doesn’t do ANYTHING to help the planet. In fact, all Sea Shepherd is, is a scam group. “Donate now” and none of that donation money goes to help anything, rather end up right in Watson’s pockets. It’s just so blatantly obvious.

          • Gina Christopher

            I get it, you’re a hunter….it all makes sense now.

          • Gina Christopher

            AND a SS hater…okay, got it. Have a great day.

          • Pete

            Actually you are completely wrong. Sea Shepherd does numerous other things to save marine ecosystems around the world. You need to look past the end of your nose and you would have seen this

      • Rodrigo Gil

        Yes, pollution damages the ocean, but from what i know SS is more like an anti poaching organization. So because of pollution, poaching has to be ignored?
        What a coincidence that almost any whale species that has been hunted has ended up as an endangered species, there’s not such a thing as sustainable whaling…
        “whales don’t have any purpose to the ecosystem”? every species on this planet has a purpose.
        I would recommend you to do some research:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M18HxXve3CM

        • Joseph Kool

          Japanese whalers are not poachers. They’re just regular hard working men trying to do their jobs while being harassed by lunatics and their trust fund followers.

          • Rodrigo Gil

            Awwww poor victims violating a whale sanctuary and harpooning whales causing them slow and painfull deaths to perform a fake research, while being harassed by SS evil ugly monsters who try to save the whales. 🙁
            But i guess it’s the Japanese government fault cause they were the ones sending the fleet to kill whales…

          • TLinTX

            ” violating a whale sanctuary”

            Japan’s whaling doesn’t violate any whale sanctuary.

            “causing them slow and painfull deaths”

            Most whales die instantly. Their average TTD is measured in minutes.

          • Kevin Yzaguirre

            The truth is that Sea Shepherd is with out a doubt the most effective3 organization of it’s kind anywhere past or present. Ady? What have you done for me lately? SSCS is in the Southern Ocean and last year shut down the Bandit Six tooth fish poachers. SSCS is responsible for the Japanese whalers catch being so low over the years. The slaughter of dolphins and the trade of slave dolphins has gained world wide attention thanks to the SSCS Cove Guardians. Anyone who disputes this has obviously got their facts wrong. Question is what have the arm chair environmentalists done? Greenpeace is now condoning the slaughter of seals, where as SSCS does not compromise. The FLEET has grown, and you don’t have to pay their volunteers, because they operate on their passion. Justice for ADY? Pete Bethune parked his boat in the front of a hostile on coming ship. People blame Paul for the sinking not realizing that this took place in Antarctica, and if you have been there and if you have experienced even one day of the harsh conditions present the majority of the time there then you would not make the comment that it was in any way feasible to tow HALF a boat thousands of miles. As far as the courts well lets just say the justice system is fucked off in this country. I mean these are the same judges that have historically ruled against NGO’s that fight against corporations reaping the environment. Bottom line is despite any negativity Paul is still a great Man, what we call a sixth stage personality, and SSCS is growing and working with government s like Mexico to protect ocean wildlife world wide. So stop hating and fight the real enemy of this planet cooperate greed.

          • TLinTX

            “SSCS is in the Southern Ocean”

            No, they are not.

            “SSCS is responsible for the Japanese whalers catch being so low over the years.”

            Perhaps somewhat, but not to the extent that they claim.

            “People blame Paul for the sinking”

            Because he ordered it. Then lied about it.

            “Paul is still a great Man”

            I don’t call being a lying, hypocritical criminal, “great”. But hey if you see greatness in those things, more power to you.

          • Pete

            Sea Shepherd have been continually in the Southern ocean. The Japanese have consistently said Sea Shepherd has been the direct cause of low kill numbers. Both skippers were found to be at fault for the Ady collision. And Paul Watson was voted one of the top enviromentalist in the world by time magazine. Only a twit would say different.

          • TLinTX

            “Sea Shepherd have been continually in the Southern ocean.”

            That’s not what you said. You said that: “SSCS is in the Southern Ocean”.

            IS, present tense. That statement was untrue. Sea Shepherd is not in the Southern Ocean, nor have the been this season.

            But of course that didn’t stop them from claiming to have “saved” 700 whales.

            “Japanese have consistently said Sea Shepherd has been the direct cause of low kill numbers.”

            Not talking about what Japan does, or does not say.
            Watson consistently lies about how many whales Sea Shepherd have “saved”.

            “Both skippers were found to be at fault for the Ady collision.”

            That has nothing to do with Watson ordering the Ady Gil scuttled.

            “Paul Watson was voted one of the top enviromentalist in the world by time magazine. Only a twit would say different.”

            That doesn’t change the fact that he is a lying hypocritical criminal.

          • Pete

            Wow you are grasping at straws. Think you better re read who said what. i never said ss were in the southern ocean this season. You really need to get over it. Sea shepherd has saved hundreds of Whales and the Japanese have backed up this. And i have explained WHY the Ady was scuttled. Get a grip. Get over it and move on.

          • TLinTX

            “i never said ss were in the southern ocean this season.”

            Really? You said:

            “SSCS is in the Southern Ocean”

            “IS” present tense. As in “now”. As in “this season”.

            “Sea shepherd has saved hundreds of Whales”

            I have never seen Sea Shepherd actually “save” a whale in the Southern Ocean.

            I do know for a fact that they lies to their supporters about how many whales they have “saved”.

            “And i have explained WHY the Ady was scuttled.”

            I’m sure you will excuse me if I take Chuck Swift’s word over yours…

          • Pete

            Jackass go up like 6 comments and read what ” kevin” wrote. Kevin is not me. I never said they were in the southern ocean this season. You can’t even get that right. And there is a very good reason You haven’t seen Sea Shepherd Save a Whale. BECAUSE YOU WERE NEVER THERE. lol. But everyone knows they have including the Japanese who have told the world ( except you it seems). Now you are really making a fool of yourself.

          • Pete

            So instantly in your mind is measured in “minutes”.?

          • TLinTX

            Can you not grasp the concept of “average”?
            If one whale dies instantly, and one take 10 minutes, the average TTD between the two is 5 minutes.

            What is so difficult about that?

          • Pete

            Most dont die instantly. Still not sure what your point here is. I think you are just one of those few trying desperately to justify the slaughter of Whales. Luckily you are in the minority.

      • Gina Christopher

        People aren’t endangered, should we cull them too? Geez, SMH. Let’s just kill all things you believe are not required on this earth! Show some compassion…

        • Ólavur Petersen

          Show some common sense, and maybe I’ll consider your comments.

          • Gina Christopher

            Don’t bother because I don’t even consider you.

      • Kevin Yzaguirre

        SSCS does fight against pollution and LOL they do whats need to be done

      • Pete

        That’s a ridiculous assumption. Sea shepherd do tons of other things. These things may not make international headlines but to assume they only fight for Whales is a complete Nonsense. And every species has a connection with ecosystems. To say they don’t is another nonsense.

  • TheShepherdsStaff

    The Ady Gil was out of fuel. It couldn’t yield to the larger ship…. It couldn’t move! And any fault in that case would be that boats captain… Pete Bethune. Paul Watson was not on that boat to make any decision about it yielding to the Shonan Maru

    • Bernd Konfuzius

      this is not about the collision. after being damaged the ship was dragged elsewhere and then the decision of sinking it was made and yes Paul Watson was very much involved in making this decision.

    • mitchell9

      Out of fuel?
      Bullshit. It was low on fuel but not out. Read the NZ investigative report. The boat was clearly under power at the time of the collision and there is even a statement from the helmsman as to his engagement of the throttles and then an attempt to reverse under power.

      • Elelel Lelele

        True, but the Shonan maru turned towards the Ady and then into it. They deliberately headed towards a smaller vessel that was not moving. All I will say is that the crew of the Ady should have been more watchful of the ships still behind it and made sure they all passed. That still does not excuse the Japanese captains decision to come right up on her and ram her. Swell or no swell, any captain navigating those seas should know not to come within a certain distance without danger of collision. The Shonan did not do that, and whoever says the Ady was cutting across the bigger ship is wrong. It was just sitting there and the Shonan continued to turn towards it.

        • TLinTX

          “The Shonan did not do that, and whoever says the Ady was cutting across
          the bigger ship is wrong. It was just sitting there and the Shonan
          continued to turn towards it.”

          So you are calling the helmsman Jason Stewart, the man at the controls of the Ady Gil a liar? You are saying he is wrong?

          He has stated that he accelerated into the path of the Shonan Maru #2.

          Perhaps you should actually READ the NZMA report on the incident.

          • Pete

            So you think all the crew jumped up on top of a fibreglass boat and Jason was told to drive in front of a huge steel ship with them all on top? haha

          • TLinTX

            Again, perhaps you should read Stewart’s statement in the NZMA report on the incident.

          • Pete

            I know what he said. But again you don’t know all the facts

          • TLinTX

            Apparently I know more than you, based on your comments.

          • Pete

            It’s obvious you haven’t a clue. Best you keep quiet.

  • Pete

    This is nonsense. This vessel was scuttled because there was no other option. The Ady in a completely flat sea was breaking towlines. To think it could then be towed anywhere through some of the largest storms and seas on the planet is complete nonsense. Pete Bethune at the time agreed and the Ady was let go. There was no other option. To risk other crews lives over a vessel that was wrecked would have been stupid. If anyone is to blame for this whole mess it would be Pete Bethune himself and the skipper of the Shonan which is what the NZ Maritime Authority showed.

    • Ólavur Petersen

      No other option? You’ve never really been at sea have you? The boat was by no means so badly damaged that it couldn’t have been towed to port, so they had no excuse.
      Also, they threw away the “Black Box” which is very shady, and shows SS are guilty of something.

      • Pete

        Listen carefully. The Ady was breaking towlines in a completely Flat ocean. The French base was contacted to see if the Ady could be left until a ship could arrive to transport it back to Australia. The French refused saying they didn’t want the risk of having a damaged vessel in their bay over winter. So clearly towing the Ady backwards at 3 knts breaking towlines in flat seas made it completely obvious to everyone there was no way to tow the Ady all the way back to Australia taking several months breaking towlines and into some of the biggest storms on the planet. Its obvious you have no clue about the situation.

        • TLinTX

          “The Ady was breaking towlines in a completely Flat ocean.”

          No, it wasn’t. Chuck Swift and Peter Bethune have both admitted that they intentionally sank the Ady Gil, and then lied to everybody about it. And that they did so on Paul Watson’s orders.

          THAT is why the court found in Gil’s favor and awarded him $500,000 plus interest.

          • Pete

            Actually it was breaking tow lines in flat seas. You were not there. I was. The 500,000 was part of a contract Sea Shepherd had with Ady. How I stated above was exactly how it went down. The Day was set adrift because risking the lives of all the crew to tow back the Day back to Australia was never going to happen. It was the only option.

          • TLinTX

            Chuck Swift says different.

            He admits that he, Peter Bethune, and Luke Vanhorn did intentionally scuttle the Ady Gil, on orders from Paul Watson, and lied about it to other members of Sea Shepherd, to the public, and to Ady Gil.

            This is a direct quote from Chuck Swift:
            “So, here we go: YES. I, along with Pete Bethune and Luke VanHorn, did
            board the vessel Ady Gil and intentionally scuttle it. We sank the
            vessel Ady Gil and lied to everyone inside and outside of SSCS to cover
            that truth.”

            ” it was breaking tow lines in flat seas.”

            Perhaps AFTER the seacocks were open and it started taking on water, maybe.

          • Pete

            Chuck never lied to any of us. We were all on the same ship. We all knew the Ady couldn’t make it back to port. Pete Bethune also agreed it was too dangerous to tow her back. It was everyone’s decision. As for saying the Ady sunk. Her engine valves were opened and she was left at sea. It was the only thing that could be done. not sure what your point is. Big deal.

          • TLinTX

            “Chuck never lied to any of us.”

            That’s not what he said.

            He testified in court that the Ady Gil was scuttled intentionally, and on Watson’s orders.

          • Pete

            Yes it was scuttled so she didn’t risk other shipping. Everyone knew this including Pete Bethune who agreed to it. What’s your point.

          • TLinTX

            It was scuttled intentionally, in part to garner support and more donations for Sea Shepherd.
            Lies were told about it, Chuck Swift admitted that he lied about it to the Sea Shepherd crew, the public, and to Ady Gil himself.

          • Pete

            You are delusional. Sea Shepherd was on the front page of almost every newspaper. The ramming went around the world. The scuttling of the Ady was a side line and basically had no effect. To say it was done to drum up donations is nonsense. Chuck never lied to anyone. Get a life. We were all told before it was done. Zodiacs were put in the water and she was set adrift. You have No clue

          • Pete

            Chuck never said he lied to his crew. Re-read.

          • Pete

            I was one of the crew who cleared out the Ady after she was struck. She was well under water. I also had to go back out to her to re attach tow lines that were breaking. You need to stop making shit up in your head. Like I said you were not there.

  • Pete

    OK so the Ady was run down and damaged because both skippers were at fault. This was the outcome of a NZ maritime report. The Bob Barker then tried towing the Ady backwards because of the frontal damage and towlines began to break while towing the Ady at around 3-4 knts. So the French were then asked if they would hold the Ady at their base until a ship could be sent to retrieve the damaged Ady. The French refused. So the the only option was to tow her back doing 3 knts through some of the largest storms and seas on the planet risking all crew. This was never going to happen. Every time the towlines broke the zodiac had to be put in the water and the towlines taken back to the Ady and reattached. This in flat seas was difficult. In any large sea or worse a storm would be impossible. So everyone who thinks this is what should have happened needs to pull their heads out of their butts and get an understanding of how dangerous this would have been. Basically impostible. The Ady was a heap of shit when Pete was trying to sell her. Engines were poked and writing all over the interior of boat with a strong smell of vomit. Pete Bethune was lucky to sell it for a dollar. Was boat poorly maintained. When people said Pete Bethune would be the worst thing for Sea Shepherd to have skippering a vessel they were right.

    • TLinTX

      “The Bob Barker then tried towing the Ady backwards because of the
      frontal damage and towlines began to break while towing the Ady at
      around 3-4 knts.”

      The towlines didn’t start to break until after the seacocks were opened allowing the engine room to start flooding.

      • Pete

        Here we go again. Sigh. This seriously isn’t hard to understand. Look i was actually there. Again you were not. I was actually on the zodiac and tied the ropes to the Ady numerous times. The Engine valves were only opened after the call was made to cut her loose. NOT before. A monkey like yourself would maybe try and sink her and try towing her at the same time. Look you obvious have a huge problem and chip on you shoulder over Sea Shepherd. But you sure as shit have no idea about any of this. Got back to your PlayStation.

        • TLinTX

          “Look i was actually there.”

          Sure you were.
          But regardless, I KNOW Chuck Swift was there, and like the arbitrator in the case, find that his statements are more credible than Watson’s (or yours).

          “The Engine valves were only opened after the call was made to cut her loose. NOT before.”

          You really should read Chuck Swifts comments and testimony on this subject.

          “Only A monkey like yourself would try and sink her and then try towing her.”

          So you are calling Chuck Swift a “monkey”? Because that is exactly what he says was done.

          • Pete

            You are not the best at reading and I would put money on it that you are getting confused. In no way were the engine valves opened and we then tried towing her. That didn’t happen. You dont have anything. You are trying to make something out of nothing. Go away. Re read and try again

          • TLinTX

            “In no way were the engine valves opened and we then tried towing her. That didn’t happen.”

            You might try going to Chuck Swift’s facebook page and reading his statement on the incident.

            That is EXACTLY what happened. Then he, Bethune, and VanHorn lied to everyone (apparently including you) about it.

          • Pete

            Idiot. Nobody lied to any of us. Get your head around it. Get over it. Doesn’t matter how you interpret what you think Chuck said. I was there when it all went down. Seriously you are a nut bar. Get over it. I don’t care what you “think”. All you need to realize is Sea Shepherd since then has grown massively and the nonsense you are talking makes no difference. This is a pointless discussion.

          • TLinTX

            “Chuck never says he lied to his crew. Because he didnt.”

            Actually he did.
            This is a direct quote from his Facebook Page;

            “So, here we go: YES. I, along with Pete Bethune and Luke VanHorn, did
            board the vessel Ady Gil and intentionally scuttle it. We sank the
            vessel Ady Gil and lied to everyone inside and outside of SSCS to cover
            that truth.”

            How else can you interpret this:

            ” lied to everyone inside and outside of SSCS to cover
            that truth.”

          • TLinTX

            Here is a quote from the Arbitration award about Chuck’s testimony:

            “Chuck Swift and Pete Bethune both testified that they (and the Bob Barker’s communications officer, Luke Van Horn) eventually boarded the Ady Gil and secretly opened a number of seacocks, with the goal of ensuring that it would take on water gradually during the tow and ultimately have to be abandoned at sea”

          • TLinTX

            Read Chuck’s post, then read the Arbitration award, which details Chuck’s testimony, then tell me you weren’t lied to.

          • Pete

            Inside ss probably means at the time those not involved on campaign who belong to ss. But he sure as shut didn’t lie to us. Every single person on-board was told. You think all on board were sleeping including those on the bridge when those three guys launched a zodiac by themselves haha and went over to the Ady and untied her and opened the engine valves?? Hahahaha You are mis interpreting what he is saying. Everyone on that ship knew what was happening. You may have had a handful of crew sleeping. But to think every person was asleep is just stupid. I wasn’t and dozens of others weren’t. It’s impossible to even run a ship and launch a zodiac with only 3 people.

          • TLinTX

            “But he sure as shut didn’t lie to us.”

            And yet the things you claim, directly contradict his statements and his testimony.

            Face it, you were lied to, and sadly, still believe the lies.

          • Pete

            That’s funny because every single person on board knew exactly what was happening in relation to the Ady. The ships are being run full time with crew doing shifts. That’s at least 30 crew up on each ship all the time. To think 3 people could even launch a Zodiac by themselves is ridiculous. And to launch it directly in front of at least 8 crew on the bridge without them knowing. Yer rite. If you knew how the ship’s were run you would understand. But again you don’t. You are twisting Chucks words around. How could he lie to us when we could see what was happening.

          • TLinTX

            “You are twisting Chucks words around.”

            No, I’m not. How else can you interpret: “We sank the
            vessel Ady Gil and lied to everyone inside and outside of SSCS to cover that truth.”

            They opened the sea cocks then “tried” to tow the vessel for several hours during which it sunk lower and lower into the water, resulting in the lines breaking. This is from Swift’s testimony. It is corroborated by Bethune and Van Horn.

          • Pete

            Well it’s not how it happened. And it doesn’t matter what you believe. It has nothing to do with you.

          • TLinTX

            “Well it’s not how it happened.”

            Sorry if I chose to give Chuck Swift more credibility than someone posting on here that is simply repeating the lies that Mr Swift admitted in his testimony were told to “everyone inside and outside of SSCS”

            “What was done was done to protect crew.”

            No, it wasn’t. It had nothing to do with trying to “protect crew”.

            “Not one person would say the Ady should have been towed back to port.”

            Not even Chuck Swift? Because he did.

          • Pete

            Nope you just don’t know what happened. It was completely done to protect crew. We had several well qualified skippers who advised everyone. To tow the Ady would have put in all crew in danger. That is a fact. Ask any skipper if they would tow that boat taking weeks into some of the largest storm’s and seas and I will put money on it none would recommend doing that. Again you are an idiot who knows Nothing about it.

          • TLinTX

            Have you actually read Chuck Swift’s statement and testimony?

            I’m guessing not.

            Keep believing the lies.

          • Pete

            You sure have an issue. If you go see your doctor I’m sure he can give you some meds to get your obsession under control. It’s like smoking. You will get over it if you have the right mindset.

          • Jerksneverwin

            You keep talking like you were there but without offering any proof.

          • Pete

            Sea Shepherd is massive around the world. They may have lied to the public (outside of ss) and to some people in ss (inside) but all crew knew.

          • TLinTX

            Apparently not. Since you are still repeating the lies.

          • Pete

            You are an idiot.

          • TLinTX

            You are the one repeating lies.

          • Pete

            I have read what Chuck says and he doesn’t say the engine valves were opened and then we tried towing her. He doesn’t say that. Go back and read it again. And also he never said he lied to his crew. You seriously need to learn to read.

          • TLinTX

            “he doesn’t say the engine valves were opened and then we tried towing her.”

            On the contrary, that is EXACTLY what he said.

            “he never said he lied to his crew.”

            Again, that is EXACTLY what he said.

          • marcus

            No you are wrong. Again. You need to get over it. You are looking a little silly now.

          • TLinTX

            No, I am not wrong.
            This is a direct quote from Chuck Swift:
            “So, here we go: YES. I, along with Pete Bethune and Luke VanHorn, did board the vessel Ady Gil and intentionally scuttle it. We sank the
            vessel Ady Gil and lied to everyone inside and outside of SSCS to cover that truth.”

            ***”lied to everyone inside and outside of SSCS”***

          • TLinTX

            I am not wrong. I read Chuck Swift’s post on his Facebook page, where he admitting to lying to his crew.
            I also read what he said in testimony in the Ady Gil case, where he admitted to opening the engine valves then continuing to tow the vessel while it slowly sank, all on the orders of Paul Watson.

  • Joseph Kool

    Sea shepherds are going down soon.

    • marcus

      You are right. They are going down south again to hunt Toothfish poachers.

  • Kevin Yzaguirre

    The truth is that Sea Shepherd is with out a doubt the most effective3 organization of it’s kind anywhere past or present. Ady? What have you done for me lately? SSCS is in the Southern Ocean and last year shut down the Bandit Six tooth fish poachers. SSCS is responsible for the Japanese whalers catch being so low over the years. The slaughter of dolphins and the trade of slave dolphins has gained world wide attention thanks to the SSCS Cove Guardians. Anyone who disputes this has obviously got their facts wrong. Question is what have the arm chair environmentalists done? Greenpeace is now condoning the slaughter of seals, where as SSCS does not compromise. The FLEET has grown, and you don’t have to pay their volunteers, because they operate on their passion. Justice for ADY? Pete Bethune parked his boat in the front of a hostile on coming ship. People blame Paul for the sinking not realizing that this took place in Antarctica, and if you have been there and if you have experienced even one day of the harsh conditions present the majority of the time there then you would not make the comment that it was in any way feasible to tow HALF a boat thousands of miles. As far as the courts well lets just say the justice system is fucked off in this country. I mean these are the same judges that have historically ruled against NGO’s that fight against corporations reaping the environment. Bottom line is despite any negativity Paul is still a great Man, what we call a sixth stage personality, and SSCS is growing and working with government s like Mexico to protect ocean wildlife world wide. So stop hating and fight the real enemy of this planet cooperate greed.

  • Tracy Gray

    I’m always pulling for the Japanese whalers. If finances allowed,I would build and deploy a fleet of escort vessels to screw Sea Shitheads up!
    They are just a bunch of vegan idiots with no clue about what life is really all about. And that fat idiot Paul Watson needs a good kick in his nuts! I volunteer for the job!

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