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Old 29 April 2009, 17:23   #21
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And they are suposed to be out there protecting animals, jesus!! Animals
oh they are protecting the animals... did you not spot the Delta had wire prop gards on the motors, on the off chance the rib made it in to being driven they would not clip a whale. or any crew as it happens.
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Yeah pretty embarassing and now very public but who hasn't made a complete pig's ear out of a situation away from of the glare of publicity at some stage during their learning curve.

The reason that they are not very professional is because they are volunteers from every walk of life who have given up their time to venture down into the Antarctic for something that they are passionate about. If it weren't for them the Japanese would kill even more of these magnificent creatures. They claim 900 for "research purposes" every year.

Whilst running whale watching trips this year I have been privileged to spend some time in close proximity to just a few of the humpback whales that migrate along the WA coast and it can be a very moving and emotional experience when they come into your space. Each one is unique and has it's own personality.

There is currently no protection for them other than the weight of public opinion and the dedication of the Steve Irwin crew. The IWC is a complete sham, where the Japanese are able to buy the votes of enough tiny, tinpot countries to thwart the overwhelming abhorrence of the civilised world.

I attended a fundraiser for Sea Shepherd in Fremantle before the start of this year's campaign and Paul Watson comes across as a dedicated campaigner for marine conservation in all it's forms. Whilst some of the tactics don't appeal to everyone, I support his efforts wholeheartedly.

Rather than sneering from behind keyboards, it would be more constructive for people to offer their experience, assistance, training or cash in a positive way to make the Steve Irwin a more potent force against this heartless trade.
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....and it's to our collective shame (IMVHO) that they're the only people doing anything much about an activity that VERY few of us approve of...
So, a Ribnet campaign it is then. We may have to put a slight spin on it to encourage les autres.

1. As the whaling is apparently legal (very law-abiding on here ), and whaling is virtually fishing (very popular on here ), we'll "adopt a whale" each as pets. Cruelty to Pets is Verboten in the UK so this should drum up more volunteers/supporters

2. Start a rumour/rumor (codders) adding weight to the notion that the Japanese really ARE behind Ribeye. That's gonna get Team Viper on board.

3. Training seems to be a sore point. A Ribnet Sabs Virtual Training School could be started (new section pls Mr K.). This would keep the Safety Squad busy while the rest of us Just Get On With IT.

4. In Time of Crisis in far flung corners of the globe it is customary on here to seek the assistance of Mr. Tilley. Perhaps he could run us up a decoy whale? To be towed by swarms of SR4s!

5. Actually, that last has just given me a scary image: A vast Armada of Sea Riders, drivers adorned in either "Traditional Woad" or "Storm Trooper" PhaceSaves racing over the Southern Ocean after a rapidly retreating Japanese fleet.... oh dear, I have to stop now
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Rather than sneering from behind keyboards, it would be more constructive for people to offer their experience, assistance, training or cash in a positive way to make the Steve Irwin a more potent force against this heartless trade.
I don't support whaling and have every sympathy for anti whaling protest but what these guys are doing is well out of order.
Anybody carrying on like this, good intentions or not, should be locked up before they hurt someone, whether it is the whalers or themselves.
The Southern Ocean is not a nice place to muck about in at the best of times.
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Rather than sneering from behind keyboards, it would be more constructive for people to offer their experience, assistance, training or cash in a positive way to make the Steve Irwin a more potent force against this heartless trade.
If you think I am going to send these guys a penny your nuts. I would rather give to Greenpeace who IMO have done a lot more for the cause.
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Bittentobuggery - I support the motivation 100% behind what they guys are trying to do , but if I did what they did to a RIB with 3/4 people in it in UK waters I would be prosecuted very very quickly.

I wonder what qualification they all have ( as volunteers from all walks of life) ? compared to what is needed to even run a rib with crew in the UK/ US etc .

As has been said they should learn how to do what they do before risking lives ( which they clealry are from the clip / program ) of these ' innocent creatures' - again talking about the crew.

My money does go to organisations such as this , but I'd rather they use it to do the right thing & not to fight a lawsuit from the family of a volunteer they have killed by accident.

I am not a ' expert ' by any means so I wouldn't even try to launch a big rib from a bigger boat underway unless I had had A LOT of very good training !

I think that sums up my point ...........
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The main part of the problem seems to be the captain who appears to be mad. The crew seemed to have been brainwashed to believe that accidents like this are normal.

Four of the crew who complained about the rib incident have been thrown off the ship. The captain stating "I will not work with cowards"!

Not only was the accident avoidable but the following rescue attempt frankly disgusting. Even the doctor seems to have little pre-hospital training and the treatment for hypothermia very poor.

Did anyone see the "lifejackets" that were shown? They were all very old dingy style buoyancy aids!

Does a small single engine civilian helicopter seems a bit mad to be used at sea?
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The main part of the problem seems to be the captain who appears to be mad. The crew seemed to have been brainwashed to believe that accidents like this are normal.

Four of the crew who complained about the rib incident have been thrown off the ship. The captain stating "I will not work with cowards"!

Not only was the accident avoidable but the following rescue attempt frankly disgusting. Even the doctor seems to have little pre-hospital training and the treatment for hypothermia very poor.

Did anyone see the "lifejackets" that were shown? They were all very old dingy style buoyancy aids!

Does a small single engine civilian helicopter seems a bit mad to be used at sea?
I remember seeing a documentary last year where a Greenpeace ship was hunting for the same whaling ship stayed away from the Sea Shepherd-even shunning contact attempts from the captain- for the same reason.They were too dangerous and too extreme.
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I think we are missing the point here entirely.

These people are completely driven (but mental, granted). They don't need a Health & Safety Officer, and God knows they won't take your Wealth of Advice - but they will gratefully accept your money and I can't think of a better way to put the frighteners on the Japanese. (well, I can but Mr. K would vanish me forever )

Let's face it - you're not arguing over another entirely worthy but eminently forgettable Greenpeace Campaign. I stand to be corrected (no surprises there) but if I recall correctly, Greenpeace had to retire early last season and leave the S.I. to carry the fight to the Whalers?

So, in summary, if they want to get killed saving a few whales, I may just have to unscrew my wallet and pay my dues.
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