Remember the biodiesel-fueled Earthrace boat that set a new world record by circumnavigating the globe in just two months? That beat the previous record by two full weeks. Sadly, it seems that the vessel may have come to a tragic end at the hands (or the bow?) of a Japanese whaling ship.
How'd that go down? Perhaps you'll recall that the Earthrace trimaran was sold at a price of $1.5 million to serve as part of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society fleet hunting down whale hunting ships in Antarctica. The ship, renamed the Ady Gil, was rammed by the Shonan Maru II, which was in Australian Antarctic Territorial waters hunting for whales.
Wondering about the legalities of both whalers and anti-whaling groups... not to mention the (allegedly) purposeful ramming of a manned ship? So are we. It all seems rather wrong on a number of levels as far as we're concerned, but you can make your mind up for yourself by clicking past the break and watching the video.
[Source: Times Online]