Activists have boarded a Japanese boat
Three West Australian environmental activists have boarded a Japanese boat that has been monitoring an anti-whaling ship off the WA coast. The anti-whaling organization Sea Shepherd says three men from the group Forest Rescue boarded the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru 2 in the middle of the night in waters off Bunbury in WA’s southwest.
It says the protesters went on board carrying the message “Return us to shore in Australia and then remove yourself from our waters.” It says they are now being held on board the Shonan Maru 2. Sea Shepherd says the Japanese boat had been tailing its flagship vessel the Steve Irwin while it towed another of the society’s boats, the Brigitte Bardot, to safety in Fremantle. The Brigitte Bardot was damaged by a 10-metre wave in the Southern Ocean. Michael Montgomery from Forest Rescue says the men boarded the vessel because the Federal Government is not doing enough to prevent the killing of whales.