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.