UPDATE: May 27, 2011: Whale Wars Returns: Is This The Final Battle?
Good news from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society! The 105-foot, high-speed, multi-hull Ocean Adventurer is replacing the Ady Gil that was sunk by Japanese whalers last year. The speedy trimaran is tentatively named Gojira (Japanese for Godzilla). Should be exciting to watch this boat in anti-whaling action! – Global Animal
Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists have found an equally radical replacement for their sunken speed boat Ady Gil, ensuring the Japanese fleet will be pursued by three ships in the Antarctic this summer.
The high-speed, multi-hull Ocean Adventurer was expected to arrive in Fremantle from South Africa next week to be repainted in the group’s black colour and prepare for the campaign, the group said yesterday.
At 35 metres long, it is substantially larger than the 78-foot Ady Gil, which sank in January after a collision with the Japanese ship Shonan Maru No. 2.[Editor’s note: Thanks to typeofgod13 for the correction on size difference between the two vessels.]
Skipper Lachlan McLean said the vessel’s first task would be to locate the fleet ahead of the slower Sea Shepherd ships. The Japanese fleet is expected to depart home ports in around three weeks.
Here’s a promo video of an Ocean Adventurer in action (but in Sea Shepherd’s case, minus the fishing):
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