February 20th, 2013
05:01 AM ET

Anti-whaling group says Japan attacked ships

The anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd said ships from the Japanese whaling fleet attacked its vessels, ramming them and hurling concussion grenades.

"There's been the most outrageous attack on the Sea Shepherd Australia ships today," said Bob Brown, a member of the board of directors of Sea Shepherd Australia, describing it as the "worst incident" the group had experienced since one of its vessels sank two years ago.

In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Brown said that a large Japanese factory ship, the Nisshin Maru, had repeatedly rammed Sea Shepherd ships in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica where it was trying to refuel and that a Japanese government escort vessel had directed water cannon and lobbed concussion grenades at the activists.

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  1. fernace

    Whaling needs to be banned again immediately, if not sooner! Whale populations are in danger of extinction & are "harvested" simply because of the expensive, exotic meat they provide! Humans, as the caretakers of this planet, have to stop & realize what we're doing is wrong, when overfishing becomes a problem & we are the reason many sea creatures face extinction! It's the Responsible & Humane thing to do! Thanks, Sea Shepherd!!

    February 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO


    February 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Ritter

    You can't do it!
    You can't do it!
    You can't eat a whale!

    February 20, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ronvan

    While I totally agree that killing whales should be OUTLAWED, immediately, this is just another example of "do gooder" groups FORCING their will on others! IF we really want this stopped then why not put pressure, a lot of it, on those countries killing them?

    February 21, 2013 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |