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2009-02-06 11:00:00

A ship carrying members of an anti-whaling protest group collided with a Japanese whaling vessel in Antarctic waters on Friday. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society claimed the collision was unavoidable as the Japanese whaling ship, Yushin Maru No. 2 attempted to block the path of the ship. "We told them to not continue their illegal whaling operations and that we would be blocking the stern slipway of the factory ship," said Paul Watson, captain of the Steve Irwin ship. "They decided to...

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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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2009-01-07 07:35:00

On Tuesday, Japan said it plans to ask Australia, New Zealand, and Chile to ban the Steve Irwin, an anti-whaling protest ship, from using their ports to refuel.  The Sea Shepherd group has used the Steve Irwin to chase Japanese whalers through Antarctic waters for nearly 2,000 miles.  Japanese officials consider the group, and the actions of the Steve Irwin to border on piracy.  Officials reacted on Tuesday by saying they will ask nearby nations to keep the ship from taking...

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2009-01-05 08:00:00

Sea Shepherd, an anti-whaling group, has been forced to abandon its chase of a Japanese whaling fleet to refuel its ship. According to Paul Watson, founder of the U.S. group, the Sea Shepherd team would return to its pursuit in the Antarctic after refueling its ship, the Steve Irwin, in a nearby port. Watson added that the two-week operation had been successful in lowering the number of whales killed by the Japanese. Despite an international freeze on whaling since 1986, Japan continues to...

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2008-12-29 08:00:00

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a U.S.-based anti-whaling group, reported Saturday that it had successfully forced Japan's whaling fleet out of waters near Antarctica claimed by Australia. The organization posted the statement on its Web site www.seashepherd.org, saying its ship, the Steve Irwin, had achieved its goal of forcing the Japanese fleet, which was on annual hunt to kill 900 whales, into waters off the New Zealand owned Ross Dependency. Australia has declared an "EEZ", or...

2008-12-23 12:40:00

- Season Finale Delivers More Than 1 Million Viewers & Ranks in Top Ten on Cable - SILVER SPRING, Md., Dec. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal Planet's WHALE WARS stormed audiences in its maiden season earning the best performance of any series in the network's history among Adults 25-54 (529,000 viewers) and Men 25-54 (309,000 viewers). The series averaged a 0.7 household rating for the season, a 75% increase over the year-ago timeslot average and delivered an average of nearly a million...

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2008-12-02 13:30:00

On Tuesday, actress Daryl Hannah joined anti-whaling activists to protest Japan's Antarctic whaling fleet. Hannah previously criticized Greenpeace for opting out of the annual chase, started by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which followed the eight-ship fleet last year, bombarding it with stink bombs and briefly boarding a harpoon vessel. The fleet departs Australia on Wednesday for the Southern Ocean. Hannah will travel part-way on Sea Shepherd flagship Steve Irwin. The 47 year-old...

2008-09-18 00:00:20

Last Night's TV THE FAMILY CHANNEL 4 Axe Men FIVE "Nothing remarkable about this family at all," said John Simms introducing us to the Hugheses. "Except for one thing. They were asked if they'd be filmed round the clock for 100 days and nights to give an unprecedented portrait of family life - and they were brave enough to say yes." OK, let's just freeze-frame there a moment. Can we run a quick vocabulary check on a couple of words in that sentence? Let's take "unprecedented" first of all,...

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2007-02-10 00:55:00

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Two activists attacked a Japanese whaling ship with a bottle of acid and a smoke bomb Friday, slightly injuring two crew members after the vessel helped rescue the protesters from the icy Ross Sea off Antarctica, officials said. The activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society protest ship Farley Mowat disappeared during a confrontation with the Nisshin Maru but were found after about seven hours, with members of the Japanese whaling expedition assisting....

2006-02-15 20:05:00

By Gordon Bell CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - The chained Farley Mowat floats under police guard in Cape Town harbor, out of reach of the whaling ships its captain seeks to destroy. For seven weeks, the crew of the tiny activist ship harassed Japanese whalers in Antarctic waters, chasing the hunters through thousands of kilometers of icy seas. Now, the Canadian-registered ship has been forced to rest. Last month, it was detained on arrival in South Africa by marine officials who say it does not meet...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'