I suppose it was only a matter of time. The Japanese have been re-fueling at sea.
From the Greenpeace crew blog:
It is with mixed feelings I see the Nisshin Maru disappear at the horizon. Every morning these last couple of weeks we've seen this big black floating whale butchery ahead of us. I will not miss her. But right now I wish more than anything that we could stay with her until the end of the whaling season.
We have spent more than two weeks successfully preventing the Japanese whaling fleet from hunting, ever since we found the whaling factory ship. We have pursued the vessel for 4300 nautical miles, at high speed, and we are now running low on fuel and have to return to port.
The Australian government ship Oceanic Viking is still here. Maybe the presence of the Australian surveillance vessel makes a difference, since the Japanese government seems to want to avoid exposure of their "scientific whaling" at all cost.
They have a campaign going on right now to get the president of Canon to sign this statement:
"Canon is committed to building a better world for future generations, and does not support the hunting of endangered or threatened species with anything other than a camera. Canon believes the lethal whaling research programme in the Southern Ocean should be ended, and replaced with a non-lethal research programme."
You can email him here (they make it easy for you).
Photo courtesy of Greenpeace