Battle in high seas over Japanese whaling
Whales need protection from human greed, but Tokyo still thinks otherwise.
SYDNEY – Radical conservationists launched a helicopter Thursday to search for a key Japanese whaling ship and renew hostilities a day after one of their boats was wrecked in a collision that each side blamed on the other.
The helicopter from Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's main ship was trying to find the Japanese fleet's whale processing ship and resume attempts to harass the whalers into giving up their hunt, the group's founder and ship captain Paul Watson said.
Officials from New Zealand later met their Japanese counterparts to arrive at a ceasefire.
Government officials from Japan and New Zealand have met in Wellington to discuss who was responsible for a collision between two vessels in the waters off Antarctica yesterday.
Sea Shepherd's carbon-fibre speedboat the Ady Gil was sheared in two in a clash with Japanese whaling ship Shonan Maru 2.