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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.
As the controversial Japanese whaling season quickly approaches and as the conservationist group Sea Shepherd launches its fleet of vessels to confront whalers head on, Australia announced it would send a plane as well to monitor the situation in the Southern Ocean.
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.