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Friday, 09 February 2007
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The Sea Shepherd

I found a really interesting story today. I have been following with interest the saga of the Sea Shepherd vessel in its pursuit of Japanese whaling ships south-west of Australia. The Japanese have been working hard to keep the exact location of their fleets’ top secret so they have hunt whales for "scientific purposes".

A couple of days ago the Sea Shepherd found the Japanese ships and have been attacking them so they can’t hunt for whales.

What is really interesting about this story is yesterday is a small group of protesters got lost in the fog when their zodiac broke down. As soon as they realized they had missing crew, they partnered up with the Japanese ship to help search for the lost men.

After a couple hours with both ships searching in a grid pattern, they found the boat and its occupants in good shape.

Does this foe to friend switch take you by surprise? Not to me. There is something about being on water where people will go out of their way to help anybody. Even if the person you are helping is actively trying to hunt you down. If this sort of thing happened in a land situation, I don’t know if it would have turned out the same.

Speaking about missing people, Australian adventurer Andrew McAuley is almost done his epic 1600 kilometer paddle from Tasmania to New Zealand. He is 60km from the end of the trip and there are news reports about an emergency signal from his area. To make matters worse, communication has been broken off and they can’t get in touch with Andrew. There is a glimmer of hope that the signal might be a hoax... Keep up-to-date at Derrick's blog. He is keeping an eye on the situation for us.

Play he comes home safe...
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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