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The Southern Ocean whaling season of 2014 is over. 


JWF factory ship MS Nisshin Maru
 
As the weather conditions decrease the Japanese Whaling Fleet (JWF) has left for its home port in Japan with the MS Nisshin Maru seen on AIS crossing 60° South latitude at just after 0200 AEDT March 13, 2014.

As to the number of whales slaughtered this season as of yet there is no published count. However it would seem to be a from the Japanese point-of-view a reasonably successful season.  The anti-whaling efforts were less than effective with a poorly led, highly confused, disorganized, preventative operation.  One of the anti-whaling vessels left early and is already berthed in Australia with the other two still at sea on passage. 


NAUTICAL LOG has learned from a source within the anti-whaling community that there was strong conflict between the ships captains as to the leadership of the anti-whaling operation.  No doubt in the weeks ahead as those on board the vessels talk to friends and Twitter® and Facebook® it will, as it always does, come out what their problems were.  From their own reports it was clear that the leadership was grossly incompetent and lacking in basic nautical knowledge and skills.



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