Anti-whaling activists accuse Japanese whalers of ramming vessel

13:33, February 05, 2011      

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Anti-whaling activists accused Japanese whalers of attempting to ram one of their vessels and showering it with bamboo spears, Australia's media reported on Saturday.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an international anti-whaling organization, has earlier launched its new interceptor vessel, Gojira from Fremantle port in Western Australia to chase the Japanese whalers. The Gojira is Sea Shepherd's first Australian registered vessel with Australian citizens on board.

Two other interceptor vessel of the group was registered in Netherlands.

The group claimed two of their vessels clashed with a Japanese whaling ship on Friday afternoon in the Ross Sea, about 2,000 kilometers south of New Zealand.

Japan's Institute for Cetacean Research blamed the activists threw projectiles onto the whaling ship, and later ignored a distress signal.

However, Sea Shepherd head Paul Watson disputes those claims and said his group will not be deterred by the whalers' tactics.

"This has been our most successful season ever," he told ABC News on Saturday,

"We found the fleet before they even began killing whales, we' ve kept two of their three harpoon boats occupied 24/7 ever since so I'd be very surprised if they've taken very many whales at all."

Source: Xinhua
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