Japanese fleet forced to abandon whale hunt in Southern Ocean

10:35, January 01, 2011      

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Anti-whaling activists aboard ships in the Southern Ocean said they have located a Japanese whaling fleet before it was able to start catching the mammals.

The founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Paul Watson, said the whalers have now set sail to try to elude the three-ship protest fleet, which in turn is pursuing it, New Zealand media reported on Saturday.

Watson said in a statement that it is the first time the group has been able to locate the whaling fleet so soon into its mission.

The chase took place about 3,000 km south-east of New Zealand in calm water amid icebergs that have broken off from the Antarctic mainland.

Source: Xinhua
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