Whalers Return To Sanctuary, Epic Battle Erupts
February 12th 2010
As expected, the Japanese whaling fleet has
returned to the Southern Ocean
Whale Sanctuary; less than a day after
leaving it in an apparent attempt to
either shake the tail of the Sea
Shepherd or deplete their fuel.
According to the latest report from
the SS, once it was clear that the
Japanese were attempting to reenter
the sanctuary, an epic battle lasting
more than five hours erupted
between the six ships.
"As the Japanese fleet reentered the Whale
Sanctuary, the Sea Shepherd ship
Steve Irwin pulled up alongside the
Nisshin Maru to deliver a message by
loudspeaker in Japanese warning
them not to enter the Whale Sanctuary.
The Nisshin Maru responded
with water cannon and LRAD fire. The Steve Irwin
returned water cannon
fire. The Steve Irwin then attempted to launch a
helicopter when the
three harpoon vessels moved in with water cannons and
LRADs blazing in
an attempt to destroy the helicopter on the deck. The Bob
into position to block the harpoon vessels and the Steve Irwin
forced to fire warning flares in front of the harpoon vessels to force
them to back off."
According to the release, there were many near
misses but no collisions.
There were no injuries.
a full week that not a whale has been killed," said Captain
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