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Bob Barker Fleet Loses Boat

1/6/2010 2:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The price was wrong for a high-tech speed boat rollin' with the Bob Barker -- the tiny vessel is currently sinking off the coast of Antarctica after a collision with a Japanese whaling ship.

Crash: Click to watch
It was sorta like a showcase showdown -- on water -- when the whaling ship decided to go full speed at the Ady Gil -- a boat operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Upon impact, the Ady Gil suffered major damage and appeared to be sinking -- but the Bob Barker sailed in and swooped up the crew. A few men reportedly suffered cracked ribs in the crash.

According to the society, the Ady Gil was created to physically block and intercept Japanese whaling harpoon ships -- kinda like really expensive whale bodyguards.

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j    

The only right animals have is the right to be tasty. JennJenn, watch the video. It speaks for itself. The eco terrorists speed up right infront of the big boat. Distressed vessels who make may day calls do not all of a sudden accelerate and move. If you read their blog, none of these altercations are the sea shepards fault, however they are the aggressors. The captain has been a proven liar (assassination attempt, other ramings). If the captain blogged that whale poop tasted like jolly ranchers would you believe that also?

1716 days ago
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j    

JennJenn, Who said the world needs saving? I actually am a pro plankton supporter. It is terrible what whales do to plankton. Do only large animals have rights? Just because you grew up waching free willy does not mean you have the right to change what people comsume in different cultures or other parts of the world. Lots of cultures eat horse meat, but because we ride them and use them as pets in the U.S., we can not imagine this. Are you sure this type of whale is endangered and needs saving. Please give hard facts, not sea shepard stats, or any enviromental group stats, but real facts not skewed to fit your agenda.

1716 days ago
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Joe Bescophilis    

A boatful of candidates for the 2010 Darwin Awards, almost. You have to die to qualify. Uh, let's see how smart this is. Let's drive our smaller boat under the bow of a speeding bigger boat. After all, all they need to do is put on their brakes to stop, right? Uh, maybe? Uh, oh, that's right, no brakes.
And then we have the issue of, is what we are doing really right? Oh, of course it is, because, even though nobody can actually communicate with a whale, we all know that they are caring and loving creatures that are far superior to man, except that they have not invented the wheel, medicine to take care of themselves, ot anything else that humans have done, but they are superior, so let's save them from those nasty Japanese.


D'yah, right!

1716 days ago
34.

Burn Cleveland, burn!    

There's plenty of room for all God's animals. Right next to the mashed potatoes.

1715 days ago
35.

Claire    

for all those that say the Ady Gil moved in front of the Shonan Maru No. 2, watch the video more carefully. you can see the Japanese ship turn TOWARD the Sea Shepherd ship. the only reason the Ady Gil started moving was to try and turn away from the collsion, and in order to do this it had to build up some speed. Unfortunately, the Japanese boat was too close and they were unable to turn away in time. both boats had been motionless in the water before the Japanese ship decided to start its engines and target the Ady Gil. go to youtube and find the video taken on the Japanese ship of the collsion, the guy that was filming doesn't even sound shocked that they hit the boat which tells me that they did it intentionally. the 18-ton, 79 foot Ady Gil was much smaller compared to the 1,000-ton harpoon vessel and the Japanese completely ignored the rules of the sea. the Ady Gil was running low on fuel and the crew waving "bye" to the crew on the Bob Barker and so it was not even "attacking" the Japanese ship. so basically, it was getting ready to leave the Southern Ocean and return to Hobart to get more fuel. thank god the Bob Barker was down there to rescue the crew. the Japanese ships fled the scene even after the Ady Gil made a mayday call (which is ignoring the rules of the oceans).

1715 days ago
36.

ric    

31. TMZ WHY DO U NEED TO LIE TO GET A SOTRY READ?

I KNOW YOU GUYS ARENT DOING AS WELL ANYMORE BUT NOW YOUR MAKING UP STORIES

The Bob Barker ship had ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS INCIDENT.

BUT TMZ has a head line saying thast the Bob Barker ship has SUNK.. They want to be first so yesturday they show the new ship and today they make it seem like they are first to report it sunk.
SOMEONE SHOULD LOSE THIER JOB OVER THIS

Posted at 2:36PM on Jan 6th 2010 by rich

I knew hippies didn't shower, but I always thought they could read. The headline clearly reads Bob Barker FLEET loses boat.

1715 days ago
37.

j    

Anyone out there know how we can send money to the Japanese to help in their eforts of killing whales, and sinking dirty, smelly hippies?

1715 days ago
38.

j    

thats efforts.

1715 days ago
39.

mito    

wow, you rednecks suck. The Japanese are killing whales ILLEGALLY in international waters, after signing a treaty that promised they wouldn't. I thought for sure you red state nazis would be all over killing the Japanese again. First Pearl Harbor, now God's whales! The whales are pregnant too, with white Protestant whale babies. Are you going to stand for this? Those savage, Muslim Japanese terrorists are trying to destroy our way of life.

1715 days ago
40.

Jessica    

The japanese are illegally killing whales and attempting to kill humans now.
They are a despicable bunch.
I will continue to boycott anything japanese.

1715 days ago
41.

Karen    

Thank you TMZ for bringing attention to the Sea Shepherd conservation society's campaign.

1715 days ago
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