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Aboard the M/Y Steve Irwin Southern Oceans —The crew on the Sea
Shepherd ship Steve Irwin engaged in a confrontation with the Japanese
factory ship Nisshin Maru this morning between 0800 and 1000 Hours.

The Nisshin Maru cannot outrun the Steve Irwin. After a 12 hour chase
the Sea Shepherd ship closed the gap and passed alongside the Nisshin

The crew deployed over two dozen bottles of rotten butter sending a
stench throughout the whale killing ship that will remain for days.
The crew also threw packets of a slippery chemical onto the deck of
the Nisshin Maru. This will make it very difficult to cut up whales.
The substance becomes even more slippery with water so it will be
difficult to wash it off the decks.

“I guess we can call this non-violent chemical warfare,” said Captain
Paul Watson. “We only use organic, non-toxic materials designed to
harass and obstruct illegal whaling operations.”

Four armed Japanese Coast Guard officers clearly identified in their
uniforms videotaped the confrontation.

The Captain of the Nisshin Maru played a tape over and over again with
a woman’s voice saying “Warning, warning, this is the Nisshin Maru
captain. Stop your destructive actions immediately. If you dare to
board this vessel you will be taken into custody and restrained as
illegal intruders under Japanese law.”

Captain Paul Watson radioed the Nisshin Maru to inform them that they
had no authority in the Australian Antarctic Territory. Captain Watson
ordered the Japanese captain to cease all whaling operations and to
comply with the Australian Federal Court ruling that prohibits the
Japanese whaling fleet from killing whales in the Australian Antarctic
Territorial waters.

The confrontation took place at 63 Degrees 17 Minutes South and 126
Degrees and 20 minutes east. This is 175 miles off the Andare Coast
inside the Australian Economic Exclusion Zone.

The Steve Irwin has fallen half a mile off to the starboard side of
the Nisshin Maru.

“It stinks too bad to remain any closer,” said Todd Emko 32, of New York City.

Not a single whale has been killed since the Sea Shepherd ship Steve
Irwin returned to harass the Japanese whaling fleet in the Australian
Whale Sanctuary.

“They will not be getting their quota this year and that is a
certainty,” said Jeff Hanson 35, from Fremantle, Western Australia.
“In fact I don’t think they will be getting half their quota.”

In total the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has shut down illegal
Japanese whaling operations for over four and a half weeks.

About Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an
International non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to
end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the
world?s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and
species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to
investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and
confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the
biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd
works to ensure their survival for future generations. Visit for more information.

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Jim Colburn
14 years ago

Hi Steve and crew:

I watch your show and cheer your guy’s on to win the war on the illegal hunting and killing of the whale no matter who is doing the fishing.
I am sure that you and your crew don’t discriminate and challenges who ever it is that is breaking the law.
So far the only people I have seen you fighting is the Japanese and all I say is go for it.
I do have a suggestion that might help you and your team deliver the hand thrown cartridges of chemicals on to the deck of the fishing ship.
Here in Pennsylvania we call it a Polish cannon. It is a 5 or 6 ft. section of PVC piping with a cap on one end that seals it up. Then you drill a small hole in the pipe section of the unit just beyond the glued on cap.
Now here in PA We sharpen the business end of the cannon with a chamfer on the out side so when it rest on a potato and you push down on it, the potato is cut to fit perfectly in the pipe.
Then you ram the potato into the pipe to the point that you get the best muzzle velocity.
Choose a PVC pipe that your canister fit the best in for the maximum results.
The fuel that we use for shooting a potato with is HAIR SPRAY and the more you spray in the hole the bigger the blast.
It would be cool to watch you use my suggestion and learn how to mount sites for aiming the round. I think this will give you the edge on delivering the canister on to the deck of the enemy.
Can not hurt to try.
Just start with a small amount of fuel and work your way up to what the pipe can handle.

Have a very nice day. And.
Good luck.

Jim Colburn
Erie, Pa

14 years ago

Just a suggestion…there is a slingshot devise used at sporting events to launch t-shirts into the audience. You would be able to launch bottles 150′ +. Hope you are successful with your upcoming missions. Stay safe~!!

13 years ago

The way the jap ships avoid the ice i would think their ships are built with the bulbous protrusion just below the water that not only helps attain a higher top speed but also grab any prop fouler that is floating on top of the water and toss it aside.
A slack and drooping line that was pulled taunt after the bow went over the line that was then pulled tight would have a better chance of fouling a prop.
My heart is with all the people behind the Sea Shepherds.
I would like to have an email to this group of courageous Men and Women…

*NOTE,please forward this to Capt Watson.

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