Biofuel-powered speed boat rammed in whaling spat

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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

Ady Gil

, formerly named

Earthrace

. 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.

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