The whaling ships are running back to Japan, sterns between their legs, outgunned and outsmarted by Sea Shepherd. The whalers barely got 10% of their quota this year. Goes to show, if you want to be serious about environmental activism, take a leaf out of Sea Shepherd’s book – and call one of your ships the Steve Irwin …

Or if you have some super-fast, ocean-going speed boat called Gojira, named after a French heavy-metal band, with the double-take that it means Godzilla in Japanese:

Still, the summer ritual of Sea Shepherd hounding the whaling fleet down in the Australian waters of Antarctica has been a staple part of summer in these parts. I’m going to miss them.

As Brisbane goes under water (almost) and as people forget the far more devastating Columbia floods, WordPress sent me a little New Year gift (I’m a bit late with New Year this time – something to do with a book that has absorbed me).

Apparently, over the last year the top search hits for this upright, family blog were:

john travolta, tom of finland (the ‘is that a cannon in your pocket?’ post), burqa (here, here and here too), fart, and leper.

Obviously hitting the high notes on those, giving me deep inspiration to keep up the in-depth blogging.

Actually, one other post keeps getting a heap of hits (all time #4):

Sea Shepherd, rammings, sunken ships on the high seas.

OK, that was pure fucking self-indulgence, so tomorrow: the run down on my completed book, Cave Droppings: Nick Cave and Religion.

(But I am pleased that all my family and friends in Brisvegas are safe if a little soggy).

I absolutely love these scruffy Sea Shepherders. Now they are trying to effect a citizen’s arrest of the Japanese skipper who sunk the Ady Gil:

At 0630 Hours, Sea Shepherd Captain Peter Bethune of the vessel Ady Gil, which was sunk by the Japanese security ship Shonan Maru 2, boarded the whaling ship to conduct a citizen’s arrest of the skipper of the Shonan Maru 2.

Captain Bethune boarded the whaling ship under cover of darkness from a Jet Ski as the Shonan Maru 2 was travelling at 14 knots in the Southern Ocean. His first attempt failed when he fell into the frigid waters, but despite this the crew of the Shonan Maru 2 failed to see him and he successfully boarded the whaler without detection.

Captain Bethune’s breaching the security of the whaling fleet security vessel remained undetected for one and a half hours.

At 0800 Hours, once the sun had risen, Captain Bethune calmly knocked on the bridge wing door, entered the wheelhouse, and presented himself to the Captain of Shonan Maru 2 where he informed the skipper that he was under arrest for the sinking of the Sea Shepherd ship Ady Gil on January 6th, 2010.

All radio communications with Peter Bethune ceased at 0805. The Shonan Maru 2 did acknowledge that Bethune was onboard.

It’s all happening down south from here in the Antarctic Waters. The Japanese are down for their ‘scientific’ whale hunt so that restaurant diners can examine their whale steaks scientifically. The charismatic Paul Watson is leading the cause for the whales. The Japanese have sent armed ships to defend the whaling fleet and reconnaissance aircraft. And now the spaceage whale-fighting ship Ady Gil has been sunk by the Japanese.

Who the hell is Ady Gil, you might ask? One of the generous benefactors of Sea Shepherd. Along with Bob Barker, the former host of ‘The New Price is Right’ in the USA, whose name now adorns

And then the Steve Irwin. Irwin!!! The complete wanker who left scores of animals with sensitive hearing stone deaf by yelling ‘YOU BEUDY’ into their ears. Yep, he was a great supporter of Sea Shepherd:

For some reason I can’t embed the youtube video (must be the evil Japanese whalers), but you’ll find it here. Update: polished (and annoying) news report with video here.

If you’re gonna be an activist, this is the way to do it, I reckon. I love these crazy Sea Shepherd people, especially since they’re a scruffy, sexy bunch (or some of them):