Chalk this up as a victory for the whales!
The Japanese whaling fleet have suspended its operations after some major clashes in recent days with the Sea Shepherd.
The last 24 hours have been quite intense - the Japanese factory ship rammed the protest ships belonging to the Sea Shepherd, who fight to save the whales that the Japanese ships hunt.
Here's what one protestor wrote:
“I don’t think we have ever had a more eventful few hours in the nine years we have been opposing the whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and certainly there has never been a day when all of our ships were rammed one after another. It is also the first time we have ever been rammed by the Nissin Maru, and to top it all off, the Japanese factory ship four times rammed and damaged their own supply tanker, the Sun Laurel.”
Even though many suspect the Japanese boats stopped mainly because the whaling season is almost over, in eighteen days, and they were low on gas - it is still quite obvious that the protest boats had something to do with the whale hunting boats suspension of its operation.
So for at least this season - the Sea Shepherd can celebrate its whale of a victory!!
[Image via Sea Shepherd.]
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