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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