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Sea Shepherd, Japanese Whalers Clash For Third Time This Season
2014-03-03 13:43:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what appears to be the result of escalating violence, the anti-whaling activist group Sea Shepherd has claimed that Japanese whalers attacked one of their vessels during a recent clash in the Southern Ocean. According to the environmentalist group, the Japanese ships Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru 3 dragged steel cables across the bow of its vessel the Bob Barker 11 times on Sunday in an attempt to disable the craft. When the Bob...

Sea Shepherd Activists Injured After Clash With Japanese Whalers
2012-01-18 09:22:24

Three anti-whaling activists have been injured during a clash at sea with Japanese whalers, some 300 miles north of Mawson Peninsula off the coast of Antarctica. Members aboard the Japanese vessel Yushin Maru No.2 apparently threw grappling hooks and bamboo poles at crew aboard the Steve Irwin anti-whaling vessel. Two crew members on the Steve Irwin were struck in the shoulder with iron grappling hooks and a third crew member was struck twice in the face with a long bamboo pole. The...

Japan Suing Sea Shepherd For Disrupting Whaling Activity
2011-12-09 12:57:55

Japanese whaling authorities said on Friday that they were suing the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society group to try and stop it from interfering in the annual whale hunt. This is the first move by Japan to attempt legal action against anti-whaling campaigners, who have used extreme methods against ships involved in the hunt. "Today, Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha and the Institute of Cetacean Research along with research vessels' masters filed a lawsuit against the Sea Shepherd Conservation...

Japanese Whaling To Resume In The Southern Ocean
2011-10-05 04:54:25

Japan plans to send out its whaling fleet again this year, even though they were turned back by the Sea Shepherd conservation group earlier this year. This year they caught only one-fifth of what they expected. The whalers captured only 171 minke whales and two fin whales, according to the International Whaling Commission (IWC). In order to increase the security of its fleet, according to the BBC, Japan will send extra ships to escort the whaling vessels in the Southern Ocean to guard from...

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2011-01-05 10:35:00

Despite declining demand for whale meat in Japan, the "lethal research" which Japanese whalers use to justify harvesting cetaceans for consumer use continues. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's "Gojira" speedboat threw glass battles at the "Yushin Maru-2" and threw ropes toward its propeller, the Institute of Cetacean Research, which organizes Japan's whaling mission, told the AFP news agency. Anti-whale hunting nations, led by Australia and New Zealand, and international environmental...

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2010-02-17 06:51:44

Officials said Tuesday that an anti-whaling activist from New Zealand is in custody on a Japanese vessel and will be taken to Japan to face charges after secretly boarding the ship as part of a protest. U.S. activist Peter Bethune jumped aboard the Shonan Maru 2 from a Jet Ski on Monday with the stated goal of making a citizen's arrest of the ship's captain and presenting him with a $3 million bill for the destruction of a protest ship last month. According to Fisheries Agency official...

2010-01-06 14:40:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in the Southern Ocean, an ancillary vessel from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the Ady Gil, and the Japanese security ship, the Shonan Maru No. 2, physically collided, leaving the much smaller Ady Gil sinking and unsalvageable. According to the Sea Shepherds, the Japanese vessel rammed the Ady Gil while the Ady Gil was motionless. However, Japan's Institute for Cetacean Research reports that the Ady Gil collided with...

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2010-01-06 09:30:00

A technologically advanced powerboat whose goal was to distract and irritate Japanese whalers sustained heavy damage in its first swim Wednesday, severely raising hostilities between the warring groups. The Ady Gil trimaran was recruited by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society activists for this whaling season, and was inflicted with "catastrophic damage." The crew, who was launching stink bombs at the whalers, was not harmed and was picked up by Sea Shepherd's Bob Barker ship. Activists...

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2009-01-17 15:20:00

Anti-whaling activists temporarily called off their operations to disrupt Japanese whaling around Antarctica earlier this month.The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's flagship, the "Steve Irwin", had run low on fuel and refused to divulge where it was heading.However, the ship is currently docked in Tasmania and should head back to the Southern Ocean next week.Founder Paul Watson said the ship had arrived in Hobart, the capital of Australia's southern island state of Tasmania, where it is...


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