The Shonan Maru No. 2 comes into view around an iceberg:
More pictures here:
There was a new confrontation between the Shonan Maru and the Steve Irwin on Tuesday. Here’s two sides of the story:
- Water Cannon Battle In Frigid Seas: Report from Captain Paul Watson
- Dutch vessel attacks again Japanese ship Shonan Maru No. 2 (pdf)
The Ady Gil finally caught up with the Steve Irwin just after midnight Wednesday morning (yes, it’s still Tuesday night here.) Looks like they switched the green laser thing to the Ady Gil, or else each ship is equipped with one. It’s apparently a handheld device of some sort. I suppose it explains what they mean by “The Ady Gil crew defended their ship utilizing photonic disrupters in an effort to get the Shonan Maru No. 2 to back off to a safe distance.”
I do appreciate, by the way, how many of my best pictures are coming from the whalers.
And here’s another take on the Sea Shepherd visit to French researchers at Commonwealth Bay, from the researchers’ side. Sounds like they’re a bunch of enviros, as you’d have to be to work there, but also like they’re happy to see almost anyone visit. No one else was expected there until sometime next month.