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Sea Shepherd unveils Japanese member of its fleet

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 01:01

Dec. 11 - Sea Shepherd activists unveil their latest ship to be used against Japanese whalers, which was purchased from Japan and funded by the producer of The Simpsons. Sarah Charlton reports.

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The latest weapon for anti-whaling activists docks in Australia. At 56-metres long and costing two million dollars, the ship is the newest member of the fleet for Sea Shepherd protesters - who frequently clash with Japanese boats in a bid to prevent whaling. The group says the ship was bought secretly from Japan using a U.S. company. It bears the name "Sam Simon", after the producer of The Simpsons who funded the purchase. A Japanese crew delivered it to Australia, where it was refitted and reflagged. Captain Lockhart MacLean says it will provide crucial assistance for the hardline group. SOUNDBITE: CAPTAIN OF "SAM SIMON", LOCKHART MACLEAN SAYING (English): "The goal for this campaign is to send the Japanese whaling fleet home without killing a single whale." Sea Shepherd now has four vessels - just one smaller than Japan's whaling fleet. In 2010, they lost one boat which sank during a collision with a whaler.

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Sea Shepherd unveils Japanese member of its fleet

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 01:01