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FINALLY FOUND




Thursday January 25, 2011 The Southern Ocean position 70 degrees 45 minutes South, 171 degrees 45 minutes West at 1800 hours AEST.
The SSCS MS Steve Irwin finally found the JWF factory ship MS Nisshin Maru. Of course this triggered a statement in the more usual dramatic bombastic style of 'Wats-his-name' rather than the morose introspective last PR. To quote him from today's PR

"We finally have this serial killing death ship where we want them and from here on in we intend to ride their ass until the end of the whaling season. This whaling fleet belongs to us now - lock, stock and barrel".

Well maybe, maybe not, how to monitor the JWF with one SSCS vessel, the MS Gojira is in Hobart with a fuel pump issue and crew changes, the MS Bob Barker is 300 nautical miles away which by NAUTICAL LOG count leaves only the MS Steve Irwin. Having consumed vast quantities of fuel dashing pointlessly around The Southern Ocean playing nautical tag she must soon head to - somewhere - to resupply and refuel. The stated port is Lyttleton in South Island of New Zealand but will she really be welcome there after the rather sordid clash with Peter Bethune who is a Kiwi and quite a popular figure in NZ. It may be that his supporters can and will organize an unwelcome party for the MS Steve Irwin.

The factory ship all this time has been busy whaling and when finally found was butchering a freshly caught whale on deck. Of course nobody knows, least of all the SSCS, just how many whales have been slaughtered to date. While the nautical idiots were playing "lead, follow, right behind you" many miles away the JWF with one busy little catcher has been getting its quota of whales for "research". As can be seen in our previous post these "research" whales end up in the Japanese supermarkets and elsewhere neatly packaged and canned.
Just a note to thank the flight crew of the helicopter Nancy Burnet and Barbara Viega for the great photos which help illustrate the NAUTICAL LOG posts. Really adding to 'Wats-his-names' dramatic and bombastic PR's they are in fact the best part.
Good Watch.

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