Last season on Whale Wars, The Sea Shepard crew has introduced a replacement to the Ady Gil in their fight against the Japanese Whalers, this time it’s a beefed up looking version of the Ady called Gojira which translates to Godzilla. Last year, the Ady Gil ended up ripped in half by one of the Japanese whaling vessels which was ruled to be the fault of both the stationary ship and the massive vessel that turned into it. How they got to that decision is beyond me.
Like the Ady, this ship will likely be used to track the factory ship (the ship that kills and packages the whales) which will allow the Sea Shepard and the Bob Barker to tail it and prevent whales from being transferred to the vessel. Unlike the Ady Gil, this likely won’t be captained by Pete Bethune who was arrested last season for boarding the ship that split his in two. It’s pretty sad too because Pete Bethune was one of the few Sea Shepard’s who actually put his money where his mouth is. Every season we get to hear everyone go on and on about how tough they are and how they’d die for the whales but nobody volunteered to board the other ship except Pete.
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate what they give up to make these missions, and what they do when they’re down there, just spare me the martyr rhetoric and focus on doing what you can to stop the whalers. I’m not looking to see these people act suicidal or do crazy things, but if you’re going to talk the talk, at least back it up a little. Last season they had a plan to spray the water cannon down an exhaust pipe to fill the engine room, and as soon as they got one spray in, they backed off and changed plans. Why? Because people were getting wet on the deck.
Next season will likely be a much more toned down campaign as not only did they lose Pete, but the whaling ships will carry armed personnel of the Japanese Coast Guard which will likely keep all the small boats out of the water all season and just result in a few bottles of butyric acid being tossed from the Shepard or the Bob Barker. As long as they can find the factory ship and just tail it for a few weeks, it should be a successful campaign.. maybe a boring season, but a success nonetheless.