December 01, 2008 10:41pm
ANTI-whaling crusader (eco terrorist) Chris Watson and US actress Daryl Hannah (Hollyweird)will lead a new assault on the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean.
Hannah will join Mr Watson, captain of the Steve Irwin and founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and his crew on Operation Musashi, the society's fifth campaign to derail the annual Japanese whale hunt in Antarctic waters.
Pay-TV channel Animal Planet has sent a crew to film the campaign for the second season of its Whale Wars program, which airs in North America. The Steve Irwin will sail from Brisbane's Rivergate Marina at 1pm (AEST) on Wednesday.
Good. When the film is back it can be used to jail them for piracy
Mr Watson said the Japanese planned to slaughter 935 minke whales and 50 fin whales.
Last summer, Sea Shepherd activists Benjamin Potts, an Australian, and Briton Giles Lane were held captive for three days after they boarded a Japanese whaling vessel from the Steve Irwin.
They were lucky they did not swing from the yardarm.
The incident heightened diplomatic tensions between Australia and Japan over the whale hunt. In February last year, a Sea Shepherd vessel twice collided with a Japanese whaling vessel near a pod of whales.
Read as"deliberately rammed."
The group's activists dumped a foul-smelling acid on another whaling boat, slightly injuring two crew members. Japanese police are still investigating. Sea Shepherd's campaign saw the fleet return to Japan with 551 minke whales, just more than half of the planned catch.
The Australian government last summer sent a customs vessel to monitor the Japanese fleet in Australian Antarctic waters but will not do so this year.
We intend to let them incriminate themselves, then sit back and laugh