The Nisshin Maru was spotted by the helicopter of Sea Shepherd’s MY Steve Irwin at 12:34 a.m. GMT Sunday, at a position of 64 57.6S – 085 09.6E, within the Australian Whale Sanctuary. When the helicopter approached, the Nisshin Maru crew scrambled to hide the slaughtered whale with a tarp, while the fleet’s harpoon ships Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru #2 quickly covered their harpoons.
“The whale killers from the Nisshin Maru were caught red-handed slaughtering whales in the Australian Whale sanctuary,” said Captain Adam Meyerson of the Ocean Warrior, Sea Shepherd’s newest Southern Ocean patrol ship. “The Steve Irwin has shut down their illegal operations and caught them trying to hide the evidence.”
ICRWhale.org indeed. Use google chrome to see page and translate the site. They are all about catching whales and make no doubts about it. They claim it’s for research but I think we can all call BULLSHIT on that as the total and real reason.