The Esperanza has arrived in Antarctic waters and has begun looking for the Japanese whalers. The Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin is expected to arrive in a couple days. They had been delayed in Australia due to engine problems.
I was hoping that the two groups would cooperate, but it looks like that is not to be. From the article:
Greenpeace has come under fire from Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson, who said he was disappointed the two groups were not able to work together in the search for the whalers.
"If we find the whalers first, we will inform Greenpeace of the coordinates. If they find them first, we will have to keep looking on our own because Greenpeace has made it perfectly clear to us that they will accept our help, but will not help us in return."
Greenpeace has refused to work with the Sea Shepherds, saying it does not agree with the group's readiness to use violence.
If true, I think Greenpeace is being pretty lame. I understand there is some serious bad blood between the two groups, but I think information sharing is the least they could do. Whales shouldn't die because these groups can't get along.
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