UPDATE: The Ady Gil has sunk.

It's getting craaaazy down in the Antarctic.

The Internet was set abuzz this morning with news that Japanese whalers rammed anti-whaling activists from Sea Shepherd aboard the stealth speed boat the Ady Gil. Videos of the encounter have popped up showing pretty clearly that the Japanese made a hard turn right (starboard if you want to get technical) and sliced off the front 10 feet of the Ady Gil. It looked downright scary for the poor suckers on the Ady Gil.

This is the collision from the point of view of another Sea Shepherd ship, the MV Bob Barker.

This could have ended a lot worse than it did — if the whaling ship had steered just a little bit to the right or if an Ady Gil crewmember had been down below deck during the collision, it could have easily turned deadly.

Michael d'Estries over at Ecorazzi has been owning this story all day long. Swing over and read how the Ady Gil is doing, and to see some amazing photos of the crippled boat.

It's ON down in Antarctica. Your move, Sea Shepherd.

Also on MNN:

• Watch more video: Rachel Maddow discusses Bob Barker — the boat and the man.

• More about Bob Barker's support of the anti-whaling movement.

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