If a boatload of animal-rights fanatics were drowning ten feet away from you, would you go play golf or see a movie?

Self-loathing human Paul Watson’s anti-sealing ship is in trouble off the coast of Nova Scotia, and he needs the Canadian government – the same Canadian government supposedly wiping out the seals for no reason other than to satisfy Newfoundlanders’ blood lust – to come and save him:
A group of international conservationists were waiting to be guided back to land by a coast guard vessel on Sunday after their ship began taking on water off the coast of Cape Breton.
The “Farley Mowat” was carrying 28 passengers from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international group campaigning to stop the annual Canadian seal hunt.
The ship’s captain, Paul Watson, called the Joint Search and Rescue Co-Ordination Centre in Halifax at nine o’clock Sunday morning, saying water was coming into the boat and the crew needed help, said navy Lieut. Pat Jessup.
The 54-metre vessel was 15 kilometres from St.Paul’s Island in the Cabot Strait when an Aurora aircraft spotted the blue boat. A coast guard ice patrol vessel, “Sir Wilfred Grenfell” based in St.John’s, Nfld. happened to be in the area at the time and was expected to rendezvous with the “Farley Mowat” by mid-afternoon.

[…]
The group departed Halifax on Friday for the Magdalen Islands as part of a documentary on the birth of harp seals.
Their initial start date had been delayed after Transport Canada detained the vessel, saying it did not have the required documentation certifying it met all oil pollution standards.
The ship’s captain, Paul Watson, alleged that the delay was political harassment because the group was to meet Richard Dean Anderson, better known as TV star MacGyver, in a few days to document the seals.

8 thoughts on “If a boatload of animal-rights fanatics were drowning ten feet away from you, would you go play golf or see a movie?

  1. Preserved Killick says:

    Not funny at all. Very practical, actually. Look, if they’ve volunteered to feed sharks, who are we to interfere? Selachains gotta dine somewhere, and there are too many people on the planet anyway, or so we’re constantly told. It’s win-win.
    😛

  2. Liz says:

    It would depend on which movie was playing. I’ve never really played golf, although my mother would like me to take it up because “You’d find any number of wealthy older men looking for a mistress.”
    Bless her.

  3. John Palubiski says:

    Shouldn’t they have practised their mariner skills on, say, Harington Lake before heading out onto the high seas?
    Why don’t they ask the seals to keep the Farley Mowat afloat? They’ve done so much to protect them you’d think the lazy cod-gulping bastards would return the favour in some small way. At the very least they should contact Brigitte Bardot; her “babe” pneumaticism may be deflating, but I still think she’s sufficient buoyancy left to keep things….well… above-board.
    Then there’s their complaint about water comming into the vessel; can you possibly imagine? Did they think the gulf was composed of sweet light crude, or something?
    One other thing, why panic when you’re probably only in three feet of water!

  4. Otter says:

    The ship’s captain, Paul Watson, alleged that the delay was political harassment because the group was to meet Richard Dean Anderson, better known as TV star MacGyver, in a few days to document the seals.
    Well, that’s poor scheduling on their part. MacGyver could easily have rescued them with a can of soda, a length of PVC pipe and his shoes!

  5. John Palubiski says:

    There,s a French/English ‘homonym’ here somewhere. “Seal” =’s “Phoque”: rough pronounciation “f**k’ . Paul Watson is therefore “phoqued” in the head, as are the crew. In fact, the boat is “phoqued”, the expedition is “phoqued” and the whole gang are a nothing but a bunck of stupid “phoquers”.
    “Phoque” ’em all!

  6. Paul Watson says:

    INTERESTING STORY BUT FULL OF HOLES – PUN INTENDED. I WAS NOT ON THE SHIP AT THE TIME AND DID NOT CALL IN ANY DISTRESS OR APPEAL FOR ASSISTANCE. tHERE WAS A CALL FOR A PUMP FROM THE COAST GUARD BY CAPTAIN JACK GALLAGHER. THE SHIP’S CREW REPAIRED THE BREACH WITH DIVERS. THE PUMP WAS REQUESTED AS A BACK-UP MEASURE. I WAS ON THE ICE IN THE GULF WHEN THE INCIDENT OCCURRED. AFTER THE REPAIRS THE SHIP CONTINUED INTO THE ICE FOR A THREE WEEK CAMPAIGN AGAINST SEALING. AS FOR THE CHOICE BETWEEN PLAYING GOLF AND WATCHING A MOVIE – THAT PRETTY MUCH SUMS UP THE ATTITUDE OF THE WRITER OF FIDDLING WHILE THE WORLD GOES TO HELL BUT HEY HE HAS THE FREEDOM TO BE AN APATHETIC CYNICAL S.O.B. IF HE WISHES.
    -CAPTAIN PAUL WATSON

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