Date: Wednesday, 27-February-2013, 7:02 AM | Message # 1
Environmental campaigners Sea Shepherd Australia say a collision on February 25 in Antarctic waters, between two vessels from a Japanese whaling fleet and one of their own ships, was not their fault.
It comes after Japanese whalers released their own video and statements saying the environmentalists' boat "Bob Barker" rammed their fleet.
But Sea Shepherd says"Bob Barker" was squeezed by the bigger vessels and fired on with water canons as it tried to stop the whaling ship refuelling.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-whaling lobby group, has released video which it claims shows Japanese vessels intentionally ramming one of its ships on Monday. But Japan's Fisheries Agency has blamed the Sea Shepherd boat, the Bob Barker - saying it hit the research vessel Nisshin Maru at least four times during refueling with fuel tanker Sun Laurel, despite verbal warnings.