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Boat Damaged in Anti-Whaling Clash in Antarctica
By ROHAN SULLIVAN, Associated Press
SYDNEY – A conservation group's boat had its bow sheared off and was taking on water Wednesday after it was struck by a Japanese whaling ship in the frigid waters of Antarctica, the group said.
The boat's six crew members were safely transferred to another of the , the newly commissioned Bob Barker. The boat is named for the American game show host who donated $5 million to buy it.
The clash was the most serious in the past several years, during which the has sent vessels into far-southern waters to try to harass the Japanese fleet into ceasing its annual whale hunt.
Clashes using hand-thrown stink bombs, ropes meant to tangle propellers and high-tech sound equipment have been common in recent years, and crashes between ships have sometimes occurred.
The society said its vessel Ady Gil — a high-tech speedboat that resembles a stealth bomber — was hit by the Japanese ship the Shonan Maru near and had about 10 feet (three meters) of its bow knocked off.
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1. How cool is it that the "rescue ship" is named after Bob Barker?
2. Did you take a look at the boat that got jacked up? Is that some sort of alien craft or something? Better yet, where can I get one to take on smallmouth on the Schuylkill?
3. What do you think of all of this? Are these anti-whaling boats going "over the line" in the name of conservation?