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]

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