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Three Minke whales are pictured on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru in what is claimed by Sea Shepherd Australia to be an internationally recognised whale sanctuary

Three Minke whales are pictured on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru inside what Sea Shepherd Australia says is an internationally recognised whale sanctuary in this handout image dated January 5, 2014. Aerial footage released by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society appeared to show the bloodied remains of three minke whales on board the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru as it sailed in the Southern Ocean. The group said it had information that a fourth whale had also been killed. REUTERS/Tim Watters/Sea Shepherd Australia/Handout via Reuters (ANTARCTICA - Tags: POLITICS ANIMALS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet, four whales dead

January 7, 2014

Militant anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd said they had zeroed in on a Japanese fleet Monday and captured evidence that four whales had been slaughtered, alleging the ships were found inside a Southern Ocean sanctuary.

Sea Shepherd said it had located all five Japanese vessels and was now in pursuit, forcing the harpooners to cut short their operation and retreat. (AFP)

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