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Japanese Whalers Battle ‘Sea Shepherd’ Activists Near Antarctica

Whale for sale: The result of Japan’s scientific research. (Photo: Stefan Powell)

Japanese whalers fired powerful water cannons at anti-whaling activists in the icy waters near Antarctica yesterday, according to Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society hunted down the Japanese whaling fleet, intercepting them on the last day of the year before they began killing the animals.

“This is fantastic,” gushed Sea Shepherd activist Laura Dakin of Canberra, Australia. “For the first time in Sea Shepherd’s history, we have located the whalers before they had a chance to kill a single whale.”

But the whalers weren’t about to let the Sea Shepherd activists stand in the way of their kill, which takes place every year at this time and claims as many as 1,000 lives each season.

The slaughter ships turned their water cannons on the activists. Canadian Locky MacClean, captain of Sea Shepherd’s Gojira, called the experience “beautiful.”

“What an awesome way to begin the New Year,” he said. “Our three vessels dancing dangerously through the ice packs locked in confrontation with the three harpoon ships of the Japanese whaling fleet. It was both deadly and beautiful. Deadly because of the ice and the hostility of the whalers and beautiful because of the ice, and the fact that these three killer ships are not killing whales while clashing with us.”

And that is the goal of Sea Shepherd’s confrontational tactics.

The Japanese are allowed to kill up to 1,000 whales each year for research purposes. But research of Japanese fish markets and grocery stores  turns up the very same whales being sold for food.

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  1. FranziskaJanuary 3, 2011 at 1:00 amReply

    Awesome!

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