|| Last year, when the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society unveiled an expensive and super-fast trimaran, christened the Ady Gil, as the newest ship in its fleet, I wondered how it would survive a high-seas confrontation with a Japanese whaling vessel. Now we know. The Shonan Maru No. 2, a Japanese whaler, has smashed into the Ady Gil like a hammer going through dry balsa wood. Shortly after the incident I reached Sea Shepherd's leader, Paul Watson, on his ship in the Southern Ocean. My interview with him is posted on The New Yorker's Web site.