Japanese whalers have handed the crewmen of the Steve Irwin over to Australia.
Japanese whalers are praising the Australian government for its help to resolve a stand-off with militant conservationists in the Southern Ocean.
The whalers handed over the Australian and British protesters to Australian officials overnight. The activists from the anti-whaling group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society had been detained since Tuesday, when they boarded the Yushin Maru to deliver a letter of protest.
It will be interesting to see what the next event in the whaling saga will be.