TGIF: Don't Mess with the Japanese!

From Smugglers Chased and Rammed by Japanese Coastguard.

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

5 Replies to “TGIF: Don't Mess with the Japanese!”

  1. Not too bad, but you should find someone in the Hong Kong boat police to talk to. A friend of my parents has been in it for 30 years or so, and has various stories, including the use of your own 50knot speedboats prow to knock the outboard engines off the smugglers high speed speedboat.
    At high speed.
    Or marine boarding actions at similar velocities.

  2. … and skilled! Boarding a boat like that is definitely not an easy thing to do.

  3. I’ve been reading O’Brian so this fits right in with my mental landscape …okay, a bit modern …and with engines, but still.

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