Japan whalers driven from hunting ground: Anti-whaling activists
SYDNEY (AFP) - Anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd on Tuesday said Japan's fleet had been separated and driven out of its Antarctic hunting ground, declaring an early success in its campaign to disrupt the annual hunt.
The militant group said the five-vessel fleet was "in disarray" and currently not hunting whales, with the harpoon ships separated from each other by hundreds of miles and the factory ship Nisshin Maru well outside its kill zone.
"The Nisshin Maru is on the run and unable to stop and whale in its self-designated whale-poaching grounds," Sea Shepherd said in a statement.
Sea Shepherd has three ships on the high seas to disrupt the harpooners and on Monday said it had located all five Japanese vessels, releasing photo evidence that four whales had been killed.