Who or what, you say? Well reading the NY Times you wouldn't have a clue.
It's actually quite a drama. Greenpeace's ship Esperanza and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ship of the same name have been dogging Japanese whaling ship Nishan Maru, in an attempt to prevent or stop it from whaling in the seas near Australia.
Two of the activists, Benjamin Potts and Giles Lane -- were "kidnapped" briefly after boarding the harpoon ship to protest Japan's whaling activities. Thankfully, this not being the era of rogue captains, no one was hurt in the incident.
The two ships are often at odds with each other as well, but mostly attempt to interfere with the hapooning of whales, and try to prevent the at-sea refueling of the whaling ship (which may or may not violate seafaring rules in itself.) Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson has refused to respond to Japanese demands to cease all activities, describing their actions as ‘an act of terrorism (the label has been applied to Watson by others as well)’.
But, in surprising news, the Australian arm of Coca Cola has pledged support:
Tasmanian brewer Bluetongue Beer was recently purchased by Coca Cola Amatil. During last year’s whaling season, the company donated $250 000 to Sea Shepherd, enabling the group to acquire and operate remote communications equipment, as well as airing the following commercial in Japan.
Davis, recently returned from a holiday to Africa, tonight declared that “having just returned home after a holiday in Africa, my personal view is that killing whales in Australian waters is no different to poaching elephants: unacceptable. We are currently reviewing our brand strategy for 2008. Nothing is being ruled in or out.”
Wonder what the US home office of Coke feels about this?
Much more on Watson at the New Yorker.