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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...

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...

Australia Stops Sea Shepherd From Using Drones
2012-01-03 13:51:55

The Australian government has stopped the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd from using unmanned drones over the Antarctic. The Australian Antarctic Division told the group the drones must have an urgent environmental impact assessment if they are to be used in Antarctic Treaty waters. The drones were used by the group in December to find the factory ship Nisshin Maru before it made it into Antarctic waters. The Australian government requires anyone going to the far south from an...

Animal Rights Group Uses Drones To Track-Down Japanese Whalers
2011-12-27 05:46:40

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. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said it was able to locate the Japanese ship the Nisshin Maru off the western coast of Australia over the weekend using the unmanned aircraft. Their plans to harass the whaling expedition were temporarily foiled, however, when...

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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2011-07-13 05:35:00

Japan and the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd exchanged barbs on Tuesday during a world whaling conference over the issue of hunting of cetaceans in waters around Antarctica. In a plenary session of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which oversees the hunting and the protection of cetaceans, Japanese delegation chief Kenji Kagawa described Sea Shepherd's pursuit of Japanese whaling ships as "sabotage", and accused the group of engaging in "violent and illegal acts". Kagawa showed...

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2011-01-26 12:55:00

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. A vessel from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society found the Nisshin Maru late Tuesday in the ice of the Ross Sea after a 26-day pursuit covering 4,000 nautical miles. "We found it yesterday and it had just started whaling again, so we know they killed one whale," activist Captain Paul Watson told AFP...