Whalers, activists play out a dangerous game

Andrew Darby; 19/12/09

Japanese whalers and Sea Shepherd activists are using paramilitary weapons in their Southern Ocean conflict, despite calls for caution. The two sides unveiled their devices in a skirmish in the ice-strewn waters as the activists tried to shake off a Japanese ship that has tailed them since they left Australia. After an exchange of spray from water cannon, Japan’s Shonan Maru No.2 is said to have used a long-range acoustic device to fire an intense sonic burst at a Sea Shepherd helicopter, threatening its pilot.

See: http://www.theage.com.au/environment/whalers-activists-play-out-a-dangerous-game-20091218