Sea Shepherd releases information about video of clash with Japanese whaling ships

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Sea Shepherd Australia has released video of clashes with Japanese whaling ships in the southern ocean, to support its review of the altercation.

** The videos are labeled private, so I did not include the links, as I took it the links were only for the media to view. I did watch the footage and the descriptions below are accurate in my view.

The press release is headlined – “Dramatic Footage puts lie to Tokyo claims.”

The Full Release:

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Flash grenade explodes over oil tanker in Antarctic waters

Feb. 26, 2013 – Fremantle, Australia:

Sea Shepherd Australia has released dramatic footage showing its ship, Bob Barker, squeezed and buffeted between the giant, Japanese whale factory ship, Nisshin Maru, and the oil tanker, Sun Laurel. As water cannons rained down on the Bob Barker and it was smashed between the much bigger ships, a Japanese coast guard concussion grenade explodes over the Bob Barker and the oil tanker.

Co-Campaign Leader Bob Brown stated, “I am full of pride at the courage of the unarmed Sea Shepherd crew who have prevented this illegal refueling operation in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary. This footage puts the lie to the claims from Tokyo that Sea Shepherd has rammed the factory ship. Clearly the reverse is true. Sea Shepherd has provided the footage to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and to Australian Environment Minister, Tony Burke, calling again for intervention by Australia to uphold Australian and international law in the whale sanctuary.”

Director of Sea Shepherd Australia and Co-Campaign Leader, Jeff Hansen, stated, “It is very difficult to watch friends of mine on board the Bob Barker being thrown around like a rag doll by this massive, illegal, bully factory ship. However in the absence of Australian authorities upholding Australian law, I can think of no place they would rather be than on the frontline defence of our magnificent whales.”

[Video labeled private]

This footage shows the Bob Barker vessel being rammed by the Nisshin Maru and then sandwiched between the Nisshin Maru and the Fuel Tanker, Sun laurel. It also shows a flash bang grenade going off right next to the Fuel tanker in a pristine Antarctic environment, in the Australian Antarctic territory, in an established whale sanctuary. The flash bang grenades were thrown by armed Japanese Coast Guards that are onboard the fuel tanker. The Bob Barker was able to hold its ground even though it was being pushed all over the place like a rag doll in turbulent water, like a washing machine (created by the mass of the Nisshin Maru). Sea Shepherd’s Bob Barker was able to prevent the illegal fuelling attempt by the Nisshin Maru, factory whaling ship.

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The footage shows the Bob Barker vessel being rammed by the Nisshin Maru and then sandwiched between the Nisshin Maru and the Fuel Tanker, Sun laurel. This is occurs in a pristine Antarctic environment, in the Australian Antarctic Territory, in an established whale sanctuary. The Bob Barker was able to hold its ground even though it was being pushed all over the place like a rag doll in turbulent water, like a washing machine (created by the mass of the Nisshin Maru). Sea Shepherd’s Bob Barker was able to prevent the illegal fuelling attempt by the Nisshin Maru factory whaling ship. You can also see what it is like for the crew onboard the Bob Barker with harrowing footage from within the bridge.

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