I originally posted about the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Badass new high-tech anti-whaling powerboat back in November when it was unveiled - this is sad news indeed.
here's some video from yesterday's events:
I received this note from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society a few hours ago:
Our vessels and crews and have been ATTACKED! Lives have been threatened. A vessel has been destroyed. This day will go down in infamy.
We will not give up. We will not retreat. We will not surrender to those who want to do harm. We need your support today now more than ever.
Earlier today, our vessel the Ady Gil was severely damaged and almost sunk in a vicious and unprovoked attacked by a Japanese whaling harpoon vessel many times its size. The crew barely escaped with their lives and were rescued by our newest vessel the Bob Barker.
There is a battle between "David and Goliath." The illegal Japanese whalers are trying to physically harm and financially destroy your nonprofit whale defenders -- the Sea Shepherds. Show the whalers and the government of Japan that they cannot get away with this.
As I write, my valiant crews remain at sea, vigilant in their pursuit to stop the whalers. Our defense of the whales needs to continue in the Southern Oceans. We are their only hope.
Sea Shepherd is the only organization in the world directly intervening to save these magnificent and innocent beings but we cannot do it without you.
Please stand with us and click here to make a donation today or call 877-WHALES-911 (877-942-5379)* as we continue our fight in the coming days, weeks, months, year- whatever it takes.
From the bridge of the Steve Irwin, I thank you,
Captain Paul Watson