Japan has sent a giant military icebreaker to bolster
its whaling fleet in the conflict with Sea Shepherd in the Southern
Ocean, anti-whaling activists say.
The 12,500 tonne Shirase,
operated by the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force, has appeared near
whalers and Sea Shepherd, the group said.
The ship was recognised on
radar by its identification signal, according to Sea Shepherd.
Korean tanker Sun Laurel was making a renewed attempt to refuel the
whalers' factory ship Nisshin Maru under the shelter of a Coast Guard
helicopter from Shirase, Sea Shepherd's Paul Watson said...