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We mentioned in our Post "STRANGE COMMAND" that the Sea Shepherds do not have any news about the 2013 Southern Ocean Japanese Whaling Fleet when lo and behold today comes that news.  It is a calm clear report with no flamboyant bombastic language that usually accompanies such notices in past seasons.

Their vessel DVV2 Brigitte Bardot met up at sea with the catcher vessel MS Yushin Maru No. 3 which was apparently making a latitude sweep along the coastal waters of Antarctica.  In spite of various remarks about them catching whales the SSCS pirate group do not actually know if the Japanese have caught any whales but they suspect they have not yet done so.

This season the SSCS pirate group must remain 500 metres away from any Japanese Whaling Fleet vessel they say they will observe this distance.  The Ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District prohibits "navigating in a manner that is likely to endanger the safe navigation of any such vessel". 

One wonders just what they are going to do with four vessels wandering around the Southern Ocean.   Sheer boredom will no doubt goad them into taking some action once they see those slaughtered bloodied whales being dragged up the ramp of the factory ship MS Nisshun Maru. Then of course there are the "Whale Wars®" crews on board the SSCS pirate vessels screaming for dramatic video, so one wonders how long the Ninth's Ruling will actually be observed.

Good Watch.

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