We're going to hear a lot in the MSM in the next few days about the ramming of Sea Shepherd's vessel the Ady Gil by a Japanese whaling ship. That's because Sea Shepherd will by and large control the release of information to a compliant media - that's their modus operandi.
All is not as it seems however, and given the abundance of electronic and photgraphic equipment which emanates from Japan, it's no surprise that someone on the Shonan Maru No 2 was filming the confrontation as well. Accordingly, what follows is the video you're highly unlikely to see on the news tonight - watch on:
We're not boaties, but it's clear to us that, at around the 15 second mark, the Ady Gil opens its throttle, judging by the sudden wake it causes. The thrust forward takes the bow of the Ady Gil directly into the path of the Shonan Maru No 2, and from then on, a collision is inevitable.
The Ady Gil was a very powerful vessel. Remember it in its former guise, Earthrace? In 2008, Earthrace set a new record for circumnavigation of the globe - so it's no slouch. And as this blog post we found tells, the Ady Gil's new mission was to "hunt whalers".
Yesterday, the Ady Gil found its prey. It came off second best. But let's put to one side any notion that the Ady Gil's crew were innocents in this. They weren't; they are hardcore eco-terrorists who will do whatever it takes to achieve their goal, and will manipulate public opinion in favour of their cause. A compliant and left-leaning media may buy that; we don't. There are two sides to every story, however much that inconveniences the Sea Shepherd organisation.