Seems there is a common thread here. Alot of you are "ribbing" the Sea Shepherds. How many of you would leave your home and family, fly 1/2 way around the world for no pay, and volunteer your time for a simple cause to stop the practise of commercial whaling?
I doubt any of you believe that the Whaling fleet is doing "Research" and even if they were, killing 1000 whales ( their self imposed quota ) is just a tad excessive.
Remember that everything Sea Shepherd does is only supported through donations. The ship's, the Rib's, the food,fuel,tools,etc...and believe me when I say most of the equipment is not new, hence the breakdowns. They are operating in the southern ocean, ask any fisherman from New Zealand if he would like to go down there with a bunch of used equipment ans I think you know the answer. Mistakes happen, shit breaks, storms come up quickly. How about the fact they have operated there for 5 seasons and no-one has been hurt or killed, yet they have progressively cut the Whalers catch by 10-80% over those years.
Obviously there will always be a moron or two that will laugh and joke about them while choking on his burger never putting the big picture together that removing any spieces from the planet is going to have grave consequences down the road. No problem mate, you'll be long dead before that happends. Just hope your children, or grandchildren dont have to see a planet without these majestic creatures. Do some research, volunteer your time, or even make a donation to an organization that is doing something other than waving banners.