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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, Japan Whalers Collide At Sea, Blame Game Ensues
2014-02-03 07:14:52

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In what may be a sequel of last year’s events in the chilly Antarctic waters, two ships collide at sea during the 2014 whaling season. 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. After the collision both sides played the...

Australia Draws Fire For Sending Plane, Not Ship, To Confront Whalers
2013-12-23 07:12:47

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. However, the country’s Environment Minister, Greg Hunt, is drawing fire from a campaign group for opting to send a plane rather than a ship. The Greens, an...

Steve Irwin, Bob Barker Sea Shepherd Ships Damaged In Clash With Japanese Whaling Vessels
2013-02-20 08:41:31

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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 an all out war over whale hunting. In the latest clash, the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru has reportedly rammed as many as four conservation ships at sea. Captain Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), said on his Facebook page: “The...

Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson Resigns
2013-01-09 11:05:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has stepped down as the head of the conservation group featured on the TV program Whale Wars in order to comply with a US court order. According to CNN, the injunction was granted to a pair of Japanese firms — the Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) and Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd. — by the Ninth Circuit Court of the United States. It prohibits Watson and his...

Japanese Whale Hunt In The Southern Ocean Faces Opposition
2013-01-01 05:03:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A battle is brewing over whaling in the Southern Ocean between Australia and Japan. Australia's Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has reiterated his government's strong opposition to Japan's "scientific whaling" program, dismissing claims that the expeditions have any scientific research merit. "There is nothing scientific about going out and chasing whales, aiming a harpoon at them, so that you can pull them in and chop them up for...

Sea Shepherd Founder Paul Watson Arrested In Germany
2012-05-14 08:33:29

Brett Smith for RedOrbit.com Founder of the anti-whaling organization Sea Shepherd and star of the Animal Planet show Whale Wars, Paul Watson, was arrested Saturday in Germany for a possible extradition to Costa Rica on charges of violating of ships traffic stemming from a 2002 incident. Several media sources report Watson also faces attempted murder charges linked to the same event. According to the Sea Shepherd website, the incident occurred while Watson was filming the documentary...

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...

Researchers Propose 'Cap-and-Trade' System For Saving Whales
2012-01-12 13:39:45

There are few, if any, animal species that receive as much persistent and impassioned attention from both environmental groups and the media as whales do. And yet despite global agreements that more or less ban the practice of whaling, many are concerned populations of the world´s largest  mammals are still alarmingly low, making them vulnerable to the handful of whaling practices that have managed to legally survive. Three American researchers have just published a novel and...


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