Latest Nisshin Maru Stories
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.
As the annual whale hunt kicks into high gear in the southern ocean, a Japanese whaling ship and one of Sea Shepherd’s anti-whaling vessels had a dangerous encounter that fortunately left nobody injured but did cause some minor damage to both ships.
Activists from the Sea Shepherd fleet of anti-whaling vessels revealed video evidence on Monday of the slaughter of four whales by a Japanese fleet.
The heat has been rising in the Southern Ocean as Japanese whalers and conservationists have been going head-to-head (or keel-to-keel in this case) in all out war over whale hunting. In the latest clash, the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru has reportedly rammed four conservation ships at sea.
The Australian government has stopped the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd from using unmanned drones over the Antarctic.
A group of infamously aggressive whale-hunting opponents say that they have tracked down and photographed hunters participating in Japan’s annual Antarctic whale hunt using an unpiloted drone aircraft to spot their ship.
Japanese whalers have suspended their annual Antarctic hunt, citing harassment by an environmental group that has been working to block their fleet's ships.
Militant activists fighting against Japan's Southern Ocean whaling campaign said on Wednesday that they had tracked down and were chasing a factory ship key to the Antarctic harpoon mission.
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.