In last Friday's episode the Sea Shepard's vessel, the Steve Irwin, was being shadowed by a Japanese Trawler, the Oriental Bluebird. ( Summary here :Whale Wars: Hi Ho, Ho Hum) Paul Watson concludes that the Bluebird is reporting the Steve Irwin's position to the whaling fleet. Watson then decides that the crew should board the Oriental Bluebird, at night, and disable it's communication gear.
Now this is moving things up a notch or two. That crew is in no way qualified to carry out this operation, commenter Sam, former Army NCO says:
"This isn't a fishing trip. They've branched off into actual assault tactics. They call it "whale wars." They need to start treating it like war with the proper training and preparation."Watson must realize he is asking a lot from his crew because he does not tell the crew to prepare for the night time boarding, instead he asks the crew to decide whether or not they want to carry out the operation. The crew confers among themselves and decides boarding the Bluebird and disabling that ship communication equipment would hurt the reputation of the Sea Shepard's Society . (???)
Watson must have been betting that the crew would decide to carry out the operation because when the two crew members report to Watson with their decision is not to go, it is clearly not the answer he expected or wants. Watson curtly dismisses the crew's reasoning, interrupting them while they explain saying, "who has the degree in communication? The crew is clearly taken aback by Watson but quickly say they will board the ship if they are ordered to.
So, the operation is on - or is it?
The next scene the crew is shown preparing for a night time launch and it is discovered that the crane, used to launch the Delta boat, is not operational. Something is found wrong with the hydraulic line. Strangely however the crew seems more intent on showing the camera crew the problem then fixing it.
From Channel Magazine:
But, who or what is responsible for the broken line? Did nature have a hand in it, or did one of the volunteers decided that what might be a suicide mission was not a good idea?On every ship I've been on, in a similar situation the ship's engineers would have been called immediately to evaluate the problem. But not here, I've asked before, who is running that ship?