Sea Shepherd fans - take the challenge!
Written by Dave Rideough   
Monday, 20 February 2012 07:39

I’m currently offering $1,000 to anybody who can prove that the ICR’s Antarctic whaling operations are illegal. All you really have to do is cite me the text of the law and prove beyond reasonable doubt that the body that made that law has jurisdiction.

I’m also offering smaller cash prizes:

  • $25 for proof of the whalers ever attacking Sea Shepherd
  • $50 for proof that Watson is a “captain” in a way any more meaningful than “a guy who owns a ship”.

If you’re interested in taking the challenge, just sign up on the forum and start a thread to that effect.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2012 07:58
Sea Shepherd desperate to create media event
Written by Dave Rideough   
Saturday, 11 February 2012 20:48

This year’s whaling season has already seen more than its fair share of failed hoaxes from Sea Shepherd. First there was the staged “kidnapping” on the Shonan Maru №2, then some activists got themselves banged up wrestling with an outrigger on the Yushin Maru №2 (video) and made up a story about the Japanese “throwing grappling hooks”.

This time, they sent a lone activist 9 miles from the Steve Irwin on a jetski to harass the Yushin Maru №2 and made sure to catch it on camera when they fended him off.

Image ©2012 Sea Shepherd — fair use


Cue sob story from Watson:

Beck Straussner (42) of the United States was knocked off his jet ski by the Yushin Maru No. 2 in a confrontation between whalers and whale defenders in the waters off the coast of Antarctica.


Beck was knocked off his jet ski into subzero Antarctic waters when he was struck in the chest by one of the water cannons on the harpoon vessel. The Yushin Maru No. 2 did not stop to offer assistance.

Mr. Straussner was able to swim to his jet ski and was able to get underway again. He returned to the Steve Irwin some nine miles away. In response to the question of how he felt about the incident, Beck laughed and said one word – “cold.”

One wonders if the safety of his crew is even at the back of Watson’s mind when he concocts these media stunts….

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