Japanese whaling ships accused of ramming the Bob Barker conservation ship
Drama again has broken out at sea near Antarctica with the Sea Shepherd anti-whaling vessel accusing Japanese whaling ships of ramming a conservation vessel. Anti-whaling activists have described how the Japanese ships circled their protest vessel “like sharks” before ramming it off Antarctica. Sea Shepherd founder, Captain Paul Watson, said the Japanese harpoon ship rammed the conservationists’ ship the Bob Barker and tore a 90cm gash in the hull above the water line. The incident happened about 300 kilometres off Cape Darnley, in the Australian Antarctic Territory, about 3pm (AEDT) on Saturday. No-one was injured in the incident.