Moneta's group sailed away, calling in on a huge Norwegian whale factory ship
near Signy Island, under British customs control.
The MFV Margiris factory ship
drags a net bigger than a football field and the vessel can process more than 250 tonnes of fish a day.
Nationals of Ukraine, Lithuania and Vanuatu were also on board the trawler, a 5,700-ton, 104-meter long factory ship
designed for carrying several dozen sailors on fishing trips over several months.
A pod of killer whales had brutally attacked the Japanese whaling crew of the MV Nisshin Maru, Japan's chief whaling vessel and the world's only whaler factory ship
. The horrific incident happened in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, South Eastern Coast of South Africa.
In 2005, just a few days before Christmas, I was in a helicopter again and as we came up to the deck level of the factory ship
, we could see the carcasses of seven whales.
The group released footage and photographs showing three minke whales dead on the deck of the factory ship
Nisshin Maru and said a fourth, also believed to be a minke, was being slaughtered when Sea Shepherd's helicopter flew overhead.
Watson said the Korean-owned, Panamanian-flagged supply tanker the Sun Laurel was currently 48 hours from the factory ship
Nisshin Maru, with a four-day return trip to the whaling sanctuary looking increasingly unlikely.
Sea Shepherd says video of the crash shows their ship being squeezed and buffeted between the Japanese whaling factory ship
, the Nisshin Maru, and the fleet's oil tanker, Sun Laurel.
In an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Brown said that a large Japanese factory ship
, the Nisshin Maru, had repeatedly rammed Sea Shepherd ships in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica where it was trying to refuel and that a Japanese government escort vessel had directed water cannon and lobbed concussion grenades at the activists.
He does a great job, needless to say, and after many near collisions and hairy scrapes with the factory ship
and its harpoon boat, Sam the hero manages to put the whalers out of action.
Nikolai Doroshenko, Ph.D., born in 1938, started his work as a marine biologist on board the whaling factory ship
Vladivostok in 1963 in the North Pacific.
The messages were received by the British whale factory ship
Southern Harvester and relayed to London.