It’s been an unusually long time coming, but Sea Shepherd has finally announced that they’ve made contact with the Japanese whaling fleet. And based on location, the group ascertains that this intercept likely comes before a single harpoon has been fired.
“The Yushin Maru 3 was on a westerly course, indicating that the fleet has been in bad weather for the past several days,” said Jean Yves Terlain, Captain of the fast interceptor vessel the SSS Brigitte Bardot. “The latitude at which they were found was rather far north and given that the large concentrations of whales are found further south closer to the Antarctic Continent, where there are high concentrations of krill. This would indicate that they have not yet begun whaling.”
Only a few hours later, the organization announced that they had also found the big prize – the factory vessel Nisshin Maru, nicknamed the “Cetacean Death Star.” All four Sea Shepherd ships were guarding the approaches to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and interception was made before the fleet could enter the killing area.
Co-Campaign Leader Bob Brown stated, “The first 24 hours of contact with the whale poachers have been a victory for Sea Shepherd and a complete loss for the Japanese whaling fleet. I am delighted to report that not a single whale has been harmed so far. Go Sea Shepherd!”