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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 02:58 AM

Activists say 4 boats collide near Antarctica in dustup over whaling

Source: Associated Press

Activists say 4 boats collide near Antarctica in dustup over whaling
By Associated Press,
Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 1:48 AM

WELLINGTON, New Zealand ó An anti-whaling activist group accused a Japanese whaling vessel of intentionally ramming two of its ships Wednesday in waters near Antarctica.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Paul Watson said he was aboard the ship Steve Irwin when the Japanese boat Nisshin Maru collided with it, the Bob Barker and a tanker used to refuel the Japanese fleet.

Glenn Inwood, a spokesman for Japanís Tokyo-based whaling organization, said he was seeking more information.

Watson claimed the Japanese boat deliberately rammed the Sea Shepherd boats to try to move them aside and get to the refueling tanker. He said the Japanese boat also accidentally hit the tanker. He said the incident, near the Australian Davis Research Base on the Antarctic coast, was particularly dangerous because the tanker was involved.


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2013, 05:46 AM

1. Pretty violent for a peaceful "scientific research" mission...

Not unlike their last attempted murder which resulted in injuries and the sinking of a vessel. Methinks the Australian Navy should start escorting the Steve Irwin.

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 06:10 AM

2. Nisshin Maru does not have right of way when the other vessel has limited maneuverability

They struck the tanker. The Bob Barker was taking on water due to damage.

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