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Japan whalers driven from hunting ground: Anti-whaling activists

Published on Jan 7, 2014 12:34 PM
 
Japanese whaling ships Yushin Maru (left) and Nisshin Maru are pictured as they leave an internationally recognised whale sanctuary at 60 degrees south latitude, in this picture taken by helicopter by the Sea Shepherd Australia Antarctic whale defence campaign, in this handout image dated Jan 6, 2014. 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

 
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