I think I’ll re-write Michael Field’s piece in Stuff today
Japan’s whaling fleet has turned around and is heading back into the Southern Ocean, according to unlawful pirates Sea Shepherd.
The pirates claimed at the weekend the Japanese fleet was heading north away from the whaling.
But this afternoon Sea Shepherd pirates said it had illegally placed a tracking device on the whaling fleet’s tanker, San Laurel, which showed it had turned back into the Southern Ocean.
Sea Shepherd said the 180-degree turn meant that the whaling factory ship Nisshin Maru was also heading south.
“Although there are very few days left in the whaling season, there is still the possibility that the Nisshin Maru can refuel and return for a few days of whaling.”
The pirates said it was transferring fuel between three boats before heading back to continue their acts of piracy against the legal whalers.
Bob Barker pirate Peter Hammarstedt said they were heading back to perform more illegal acts on the open seas.
“It appears that the Japanese whalers have been ordered south to kill a few token whales so as to not be totally humiliated this season.”