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Anti-whaling activists catch Japanese fleet, four whales dead

Published on Jan 6, 2014 10:09 AM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Militant anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd said they had zeroed in on a Japanese fleet on Monday and captured evidence that four whales had been slaughtered, alleging that the ships were found inside a Southern Ocean sanctuary.

Sea Shepherd said it had located all five Japanese vessels and was now in pursuit, forcing the harpooners to cut short their operation and retreat.

The group released footage and photographs showing three minke whales dead on the deck of the factory ship Nisshin Maru and said a fourth, also believed to be a minke, was being slaughtered when Sea Shepherd's helicopter flew overhead.

"There's three carcasses on the ship, a fourth carcass has been cut up.

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