A biofuel-powered trimaran that set a record last year for circumnavigating the globe in a speed boat has been wrecked in a confrontation over Japanese whaling.
Video footage released by the activist group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Japanese Fisheries Agency both show the ramming of the
, formerly named
. Opinions differ on whether the act was intentional. We've included a link to the video. For an account of the incident by Agence France Presse, click
Whatever the legalities of the situation and its moral rights and wrongs, this is a sad end to a unique and beautiful vessel and to a bold, if costly, experiment in carbon-neutral transportation.