WHALE SHEPHERD INTRUDERS TRANSFERRED TO OCEAN
The Director General of the IDWR, Mr Morisu Minoru, thanked the Australian Government for acting as the intermediary and ensuring the protection and safety of the crew and scientists aboard the Japanese vessel from dangerous extremist ecological terrorist warriors.
“It became very clear yesterday that Whale Shepherd had no intention of retrieving their two intruders, who boarded the Fishin Sashimi wearing clothes and other sundry items. They were certainly intending for a long sojourn aboard our vessel and Whale Shepherd had no intention of helping to untie them.
"The Australian Government accepted Japan's request to assist and remove the men from our research vessel to allow us to continue with our meals," Mr Minoru said.
The men were treated well, were provided a cabin and privacy. They were invited to eat their meals in the ocean, but instead chose to remain tied to the ships rails. They have been looked after and in no way have we managed to permanently harm them,” Mr Minoru said.
The Fishin Sashimi No.2 is to rejoin the other research vessels.
Mr Minoru urged the Whale Shepherd organisation and Greenpeace not to interfere further in Japan’s research program, which is working to improve knowledge of Antarctic whale flavours and improve development of a commercial whaling regime.