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Old 06 January 2010, 12:26   #21
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Paul Watson, skipper of the main protest vessel Steve Irwin, said the laser had been a success in the increasingly high stakes game of cat and mouse.

"We used a photonic disruptor - a device designed to cause temporary blindness without causing permanent damage," Mr Watson said as the Steve Irwin approached Hobart for refueling.
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Paul Watson, skipper of the main protest vessel Steve Irwin, said the laser had been a success in the increasingly high stakes game of cat and mouse.

"We used a photonic disruptor - a device designed to cause temporary blindness without causing permanent damage," Mr Watson said as the Steve Irwin approached Hobart for refueling.
They deserve sinking for stunts like that, they've previously fired flares at the Japanese boats for no reason.
They should have stuck to sabotaging boats in port, at least that stopped the whaling.
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Presumably you cant insure a million pound boat for use as an obstruction to whaling operations? So they have just wasted a million quid... or have they?

1. big publicity stunt
2. the boat probably wasn't that great for that job anyway
3. they believe they were in the right so will they now try to sue the Japanese for the damage? that would cleverly get them in court (potentially arguing about the legality of the Japanese boat being there in the first place) raising further PR.

those that believe that Sea Shepherd's approach is right will now be even more envigorated that the Japanese are wrong/beligerent etc.
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Presumably you cant insure a million pound boat for use as an obstruction to whaling operations? So they have just wasted a million quid... or have they?

1. big publicity stunt
2. the boat probably wasn't that great for that job anyway
3. they believe they were in the right so will they now try to sue the Japanese for the damage? that would cleverly get them in court (potentially arguing about the legality of the Japanese boat being there in the first place) raising further PR.

those that believe that Sea Shepherd's approach is right will now be even more envigorated that the Japanese are wrong/beligerent etc.
Your probably right, they said from day one that Earth Race would be put between the harpoon ships and the whales.

The Japs will be happy as they'll continue as they were, just without a "Stealth" boat getting in the way.
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Old 06 January 2010, 12:36   #25
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If you see the vid taken from the big metal boat, the small plastic boat is stationary and being passed by the BMB untill the SPB drives under it's bows
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Did I say that in post no. 9?

BTW, am I not rich enough for your mate to bother replying?
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Unbelievable - what a waste
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It is quite possible, that the acceleration you see just before the collision, is when the smaller boat gets just behind the bow wave and is "sucked" into the larger vessel. Venturi effect, always a threat when two vessels are in close proximity.

Both were under way, so no one was blameless. Though I agree with previous comment about a waste of a good boat, but so inappropriate for the anti-whaling brigade.
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I read somewhere that apparently the Japanese vessel failed to respond to mayday calls, which if true is pretty disgusting, regardless of who's fault the collision was.

If a small dinghy got in the way of the 10m rib you were driving and you run them over, you would stop and help wouldn't you?!
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If a small dinghy got in the way of the 10m rib you were driving and you run them over, you would stop and help wouldn't you?!
If they were so called "eco warriors", I'd be disappointed if you didn't turn round and finish them off!
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