Conservation Activists on-board the “Sea Shepherd Conservation Society” vessel “Steve Irwin” have been convoluted in an altercation involving an alleged ‘ramming’ by a Japanese whaling ship.
The group says the Yushin Maru No 2 harpooned a whale shortly before 6pm (AEDT) inside Australia’s Antarctic Territory.
Japan and various other countries refuse to believe Australia has claims over the Australian Antarctic waters.
The confrontation comes just after the US Supreme Court defended an order against Sea Shepherd, forcing them to keep away from Japanese whaling ships in the Southern Ocean.
The order bans the group and its former head Paul Watson from attacking or endangering the whaling ships.
A loophole in the International Whaling Commission rules allows whales to be killed for “research.”