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Friday, January 11, 2008

Sea Shepherd One Day Away From Contact With Japanese Whalers

Greenpeace isn't being very cooperative, but it sounds like Sea Shepherd found out where they are anyways. And, they have a helicopter, so it's only a matter of time.

According to the Sea Shepherd web site:

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is about one day away from making contact with the Japanese whaling fleet.

"We know where the Greenpeace ship Esperanza is and if Greenpeace is in contact with the Japanese fleet, Sea Shepherd will be there as quickly as we can cover the distance between our two positions," said Captain Paul Watson from onboard the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin.

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza is with the Japanese fleet. Peter Hammarstedt, the 2nd officer of the Steve Irwin called the Esperanza to speak with the Captain but was informed that the Captain was sleeping and was not to be disturbed. Mr. Hammarstedt spoke with Karli Thomas the Greenpeace expedition leader and congratulated her on finding the Japanese fleet and said that since Sea Shepherd gave Greenpeace the coordinates last year would they repay the favor and provide Sea Shepherd with the coordinates this year? Ms. Thomas replied that as expedition leader she did not have the authority to release that information nor did the Captain of the Esperanza. She added that Greenpeace was withholding the information for security reasons.

I don't agree with that attitude. I think Greenpeace does great work, but I don't think they should withhold this information over a disagreement in tactics. Just my two cents...

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