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Washing-down the blood from the slaughter

Would you want your kids here?

UPDATE August 26, 2010.

Further data came in this mornings Press Release folder from the Sea Shepherds. The details are in the Sea Shepherds report from the Faeroe Islands. Above are two photos from that report - is this really the way to raise kids?

Once again NAUTICAL LOG finds itself in agreement with the Sea Shepherds; will wonders never cease? It goes to show that when things are done properly and in a non-violent manner opposites can be on the same page. NAUTICAL LOG would recommend the page to go to is the latest Press Release by Sea Shepherds with regard to the work being done to stop the obscene "The Grind" in the Faeroe Islands. Now if this can be achieved up there in the Danish Protectorate why not follow the same logic in the Southern Ocean and move the whales away from the whale hunters.

On the other side of the page and not in agreement, each season down there the situation has grown more violent. The Japanese whalers are fighting back hard with tactics similar, and indeed more effective, than the Sea Shepherds. It is inevitable that someone is going to get seriously hurt and most likely even killed. Whatever 'Wats-his-name' may say to raise funds a human life is not worth being lost in this manner. It was clear last season, from viewing the current "Whale Wars" that many of the crew felt the same way. The behaviour of the New Zealand firefighter towards both the other crewmembers and the mission itself was deplorable. Self-centered and disrespectful to the Command of the MY Bob Barker with the rest of the Kiwis thinking it was a huge joke, one wonders what sort of Fire Service New Zealand operates if this is an example of one of its staff.

After they transferred to the MY Steve Irwin for repatriation to New Zealand over half the crew of the MY Steve Irwin left the ship on arrival in Australia. Editing did not show the behaviour on board during that trip but NAUTICAL LOG has learned the atmosphere aboard could be described as "tense" which no doubt led to the crew departures. The behaviour of Bethune, who should not have been aboard in the first place, in the workshop causing a serious shipboard fire on the way back to the Southern Ocean illustrates the out of control lack of management of the vessel. Ships are commanded not managed by committee even in this 21st. Century with a volunteer crew. In fact the Command atmosphere is even more critical with a volunteer crew than with professional seaman who know their jobs and relationships.

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