Sunday, January 17, 2010
I knew I still had this somewhere. Back in 1994 I was living in Hamburg and Paul Watson visited in the MV Whales Forever on a fundraising tour. I took a couple of photos of Whales Forever moored at Landungsbruecken, including this one of its "kill markings." There are actually 10 boats listed as sunk: 2 from Iceland, 2 from Norway, 2 from Spain, 1 from Taiwan and 3 unspecified pirate whalers.
Back then I took the photo because I was thinking "Wow, crazed ecoterrorist mutants" but these days I'm feeling a lot more sympathetic to Sea Shepherd, since they're the only ones actually doing anything about illegal commercial whaling in the southern oceans. It's worth keeping in mind that Sea Shepherd sank these whaling/fishing boats by scuttling them in port without their crews on board-as opposed to the Japanese whalers, who sank a Sea Shepherd boat on the high seas with the crew in it, in water that would kill the crew in minutes, and who buggered off leaving others to clean up. There's only one lot of terrorists and pirates out there now, and they're representing the Japanese govt.
NB: I'm heading off on vacation for a couple of weeks, so responses to any comments on this thread will be sporadic.