When one opens the Blog to comments from readers it must be remembered by the publisher that the comments form part of the Blog. They are and must be open to moderation. While in the interest of freedom of expression NAUTICAL LOG is reluctant to withhold publication we will do so.
So it was with the second comment to our Post "SHEPERD'S PIE". The writer "MIKE" gave the sense to us that it was created and not a factual report of an authentic incident. After some deliberation we decided to publish it with an update in the Post itself. This we considered fair and balanced to all parties concerned.
Whatever we might think of the behaviour of the MS "Steve Irwin" and its deplorable methods they have always been very upfront and truthful about their operations. To date they have never used lasers in an attack on the Japanese whalers. Now it is of course possible that they have developed new tactics but NAUTICAL LOG could not confirm the use of lasers as part of this year's tactics.
We encourage comments from all our readers whatever their viewpoint but these must be comments not 'disinformation' presented as comments. NAUTICAL LOG will not be used as a platform to present inaccurate or created comments which have little basis of truth.
We also look forward to hearing from the MS "Steve Irwin" with a clarification of any such incident in the last couple of days. A visit to each party's website, using the Link provided in our Link List, will give the respective versions of this incident.
It is the opinion of NAUTICAL LOG that a laser was not used. It is possible that a Aldis signal lamp with a green filter was directed at the MS "Shonan Maru #2" giving the impression of a laser light being used. What is clear is that both parties are in an aggressive stance and there could be a scenario ending in tragedy. In addition, somewhere around with the possibility of turning up, is the DVC "Ady Gil" which in ice covered seas is a near certain tragedy about to happen.
The Australian Government should sent units of its Navy to patrol the Australian Sanctuary, enforce its authority and take control for the season.