The fleet and crew of the extremist anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd arrived in Australia on Wednesday, claiming victory in this year's campaign against Japan's whalers, and calling for free passage for founder Paul Watson. Three of their four ships, the Steve Irwin, Bob Barker, and Sam Simon docked with an estimated $1.03 million in damages, while the fourth ship, the Brigitte Bardot, remains at an undisclosed location with Watson believed to be aboard, as he is still wanted by Interpol.
After the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) released a video over the weekend countering the claims of Japan’s Institute of Cetecean Research (ICR) that it was the conservationist group that was to be faulted for the altercation that happened on February 25, the ICR has released today its own video and statement to support its earlier claim. In the statement, the ICR described the actions of the SSCS as “malicious and unacceptable.”
After a collision in the Southern Ocean between Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships and a Japanese whaling vessel, the conservation group has made public new footage of the Nisshin Maru pushing the Bob Barker into a South Korean fuel tanker.
Environmental extremist and anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has issued a statement that accuses Japan's fleet of spilling oil in Australian waters. Using four vessels to try to obstruct Japan's yearly whale hunt in the Southern Ocean, Sea Shepherd says it has collected samples from the oil slick it discovered on Sunday near the Sun Laurel, the whaling fleet's re-supply ship. In addition, the group says one of Japan's harpoon ships has tried to crash into them as they prevented the transfer of a dead whale to the Nisshin Maru mothership.
Activist group Sea Shepherd says that is has located the key resupply ship for Japan's whaling fleet, the Sun Laurel, and plans to prevent any of the nation's vessels from refueling. The 5,700 ton tanker ship is said to have been found in the Southern Ocean, roughly 1,250 nautical miles south of Western Australia.
On Friday, anti-whaling nations including Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States issued a joint call for the activist group Sea Shepherd to not put any human lives in danger on its latest campaign against Japan's whale hunting fleet. In a statement released by the U.S. State Department, the four nations said that while they support the right to peaceful protests, any actions that put human lives at risk while at sea are condemned.
Paul Watson, the fugitive leader of the extremist animal rights and environment group Sea Shepherd, is said to be ready for any attempts by Japanese authorities to arrest him during the upcoming campaign against the country's latest whale hunt. While his location remained unknown for months after skipping bail in Germany this summer, he announced his return last week to lead the Sea Shepherd fleet in its attempts to put an end to Japan's whaling program, which it operates under the label of science.
Japan's whaling industry is going to be so pissed when it finds out what animal rights group Sea Shepherd has just done. The Paul Watson led activists have tricked the nation into selling it a $2 million government ship, which will be refitted and in turn be used against Japan's whale hunt this year.