Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says Japanese whalers have harpooned a large minke in Australian Antarctic waters.
The group says the whale catcher Yushin Maru Number Two harpooned the whale early last night in Australia's Antarctic Territory, some 90 kilometres from Australia's Davis Research Base.
The Sea Shepherd's ship Bob Barker has positioned itself between the whale and the whale whale factory ship, Nisshin Maru.
The group says the whale catching ship has has made nine unsuccessful attempts to transfer the dead whale, coming as close as 10 metres to the Bob Barker, while activists in small boats are protecting the anti-whaling ship against possible attempts to damage the vessel's propeller with long lines.
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