Sunday, January 19, 2014

Operation Relentless: Bad Weather Is Good News

Crap weather in the Southern Ocean means little chance of whale-killing.
"I know it's only rock'n'roll, but I like it...!"
The Sea Shepherd crews are secure in that knowledge, as their vessels battle lousy conditions in the whale sanctuary. There has been a massive low-pressure system over the Ross Dependency. The seas are choppy, the skies grey and overcast, fog often reduces visibility to 100m, weather conditions are generally poor. This makes it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the whalers to resume whaling.
After losing sight of the factory ship Nisshin Maru on 08 January, SS estimates it would've taken the poachers about two days to return to the ice-edge to resume whaling.
On 14 Jan., Australian Environment Munster Greg Hunt confirmed the nasty Nippons were over 1,000nm away from Australia’s search and rescue zone, steaming away from Oz waters. This placed them on the eastern edge of their self-allocated hunting grounds, near the Ross Dependency.
Based on this, SS confirms the whalers did not return to their whaling grounds in the interim, but headed east in order to avoid being spotted by the Australian monitoring flight. So it's highly likely the whale killing has been suspended since very early January.
SS remains relentless in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

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