Harpoon vessels cuts in from of The Bob Barker, disrupting their course on the slipway of the Nisshin Maru Photo: Eliza Muirhead
Sea Shepherd Ships Under Attack from Whaling Fleet: Bob Barker Struck by Harpoon Ship
Sunday February 2, 2014 – At approximately 0650 AEDT today, The Bob Barker, was hit by the Japanese whaling fleet’s harpoon vessel, the Yushin Maru No. 2 as the harpoon vessel crossed in front of the bow of the Sea Shepherd ship at 67° 29’ S 164 °01’ W.
The assault is an attempt to deter the Sea Shepherd ships from their current position, blocking the slipway of the Nisshin Maru, preventing the whalers from loading whales poached from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
The whaling vessels have also made consecutive attempts to foul the propellers of the Sea Shepherd ships by dragging steel cable across the bow of the conservation ships. Further, the crew of the whaling vessels threw projectiles at The Steve Irwin’s small boat crew and turned water cannons on The Bob Barker’s small boat crew as they attempted to cut the steel cables.
Shit’s getting real!
Here’s hoping February goes as well as January for the Sea Shepherd crew.