|JWF factory ship MS Nisshin Maru|
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.