Futuristic EarthRace Boat, Lasers Used To Fight Japanese Whalers

Futuristic EarthRace Boat, Lasers Used To Fight Japanese Whalers

Regardless of your feelings about whaling, you have to admit the fight just got a whole lot more interesting. Check out this video of a Sea Shepherd–manned (from Whale Wars) carbon-fibre, biofuel-powered EarthRace Trimaran blinding a Japanese whaling boat with lasers.

Looks to us like the laser is mostly for warning and intimidation, which probably works considering they're zooming around in a ferocious-looking, 1080hp, 24m trimaran. The crew manning the EarthRace is the Sea Shepherd society, which you might know from Whale Wars, where they're usually getting outwitted and outgunned in a boat nowhere near as cool as this one. The MV Steve Irwin, which is the ship followed by Whale Wars, travels a maximum of 16.5 knots - this EarthRace hits 50, which actually lets them chase down and intercept whalers. [StokeReport]