McShen: /CSB Time! I used to work in Antarctica on board the icebreakers that are leased out to the US Antarctic Program. We were in the Ross Sea one trip (circa 2006/7?) and I was randomly wandering around the ship during my "working" hours, which I think was midnight to noon that particular trip. Well, I happened to be up on the bridge (around 2 or 3 AM) when the mate on watch looks on the radar and says, "there's something out there." We start looking out the windows and sure enough, there's a ship a goodly bit out there, but it's completely blacked out and not transmitting anything on AIS (illegal on a vessel that size) nor responding to hails on any radio freqs. The mate decides it's best to steer a bit clear of this unknown vessel and we're probably about 3-5 miles away when suddenly all the lights come up and this ship starts making headway directly towards us. Mind you, our ship is a BRIGHT creme and orange colored US flagged research vessel that does not have any outward appearance of a whaling ship. They close to within a half mile and finally slow down and talk to us on the radio. Turns out these morons are no other than the specials at sea shepard and thought we were a whaling ship, so they were coming to attack us. When we finally got it clear to them that we were not whalers, they came at us head on and passed on the right side (a big no no for seagoing vessels) then had the audacity to ask us if we had seen any of the whaling vessels and then asked for our sat phone numbers so they could call us and have us report on any Japanese whaling vessel activity. We refused to give them any info. A short while later (same trip for me) is when they had the incident where they rammed one of the Japanese ships.End CSB.
Cheese eating surrender monkey: southparkfarkyouwhales.jpg
scottydoesntknow: So what's to stop Japan from just saying they're now whaling for commercial porpoises? Norway and Iceland seem to do that without any consequence.
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