Latest Whaling ships 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.
Two ships that had been stranded in a sea of ice in the Southern Ocean, one since Christmas Eve, have broken free. A change in wind direction caused a shift in the ice drift, opening up an escape route for the ships.
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.
Japanese whalers have suspended their annual Antarctic hunt, citing harassment by an environmental group that has been working to block their fleet's ships.