Sea Shepherd has obstructed Japan’s whaling fleet for the first time since this season’s hunt started in the Antarctic Ocean in December, the Fisheries Agency reported.
Arguing that the hardline antiwhaling group’s actions were in violation of a U.S. court injunction, the agency said the Institute of Cetacean Research, which conducts the annual winter cull, is planning to submit evidence of Sea Shepherd’s obstruction to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
According to the institute, the Bob Barker, an 800-ton vessel operated by Sea Shepherd, came within 55 meters of the Nisshin Maru, the whaling fleet’s mother ship, at one point Friday between 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and threw ropes at the propellers and helm of the accompanying Yushin Maru No. 2 harpoon ship.