Sea Shepherd boat ‘Bob Barker Sabotaged by Japanese Whalers

Source: ABC News

The conservation group Sea Shepherd has accused Japanese whalers of trying to sabotage one of its ships which is pursing the whaling fleet in the Antarctic.

 Sea Shepherd’s long-range ship Bob Barker is in pursuit of the whaling fleet in Antarctic waters 2,500 kilometres south of Tasmania.

In the most recent clash, Sea Shepherd accuses the two Japanese harpoon ships of trying to foul the propeller of the Bob Barker with thick cables and of training its spotlights on the ship’s bridge in an effort to blind the crew.

Sea Shepherd reported on its website that the incident was a “night attack” by the Japanese ships.

“Two harpoon vessels – Yushin Maru No. 2 and Yushin Maru No. 3 – turned and headed straight for the Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker,” it said.

“The harpoon ships trained their spotlights on the bridge of the Bob Barker in an effort to blind the crew but backed off when the Bob Barker crew retaliated with lasers.”

“Flares were fired and angry radio messages exchanged in Japanese and English.”


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