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This article appeared in the online BBC News Asia this morning.  This is a NAUTICAL LOG edited quote:

"Japan ends its whaling season with less than a third of its annual target said the country's fishery agency.  The whaling ships headed home from the Antarctic Ocean this week with 266 minke whales and one fin whale.  Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd which follows the Japanese fleet south every year in a bid to disrupt its hunt announced on its website Thursday that the whalers had left the Southern Ocean."

Well now that's interesting as just the other day the SSCS seagoing Cult reported that the MS Bob Barker had attempted an attack on the factory ship MS Nisshin Maru and had been chased off by the JWF security ships.  They were really scared by the resistance too, its not fun to be on the receiving end of these tactics as they found out.  Since the JWF was preparing to head for home there would seem to be yet more wind from "Operation Divine Wind" which, as is quite obvious to all of us with a clear knowledge of the sea and its ways, has been an unmitigated disaster for the SSCS seagoing Cult.

Of course there are sensational claims from the Chief Windbag "Wats-his-name" about how the SSCS seagoing Cult saved so many hundreds of whales once again this season but the hard fact is, known just as well to him as to us professional mariners, the SSCS seagoing Cult accomplished absolutely nothing except to burn tons of valuable fuel poncing about the seas.  The Press Release is hysterical, one may read it for a laugh as it is full of inaccuracies including the seasonal kill figures which have been released by the Japan Fishery Agency.  The Chief Windbag has really lost it!!

The days of Japanese whaling are clearly numbered and it is quite likely that this will be the last season the JWF will come to the Southern Sea for the Antarctic whaling season, thankfully.  It could also be the last gasp for "Wats-his-name" as it is quite clear he is no longer capable of make effective decisions and appointments in the SSCS Cult vessels.  If the SSCS is going to survive as an environmentalist organisation they must seriously consider a complete reorganisation in which it would be wise not to include "Wats-his-name". 

There is a time to retire from seagoing (and write blogs instead!!) and his is long past.

Good Watch.

Also long past is the time to rescue the hostages that are held by pirates off the coast of Puntland, Somalia under threat of mutilation and or death.  Some 300 of our fellow seafarers remain captive without any plans to free them.  It is disgusting!!


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