BB was sailing 6nm behind the factory vessel Nisshin Maru when the attack began. The assault was an attempt to deter BB from blocking the slipway of NM, where it was preventing the loading of whales.
NM had been located early on Sunday morning for the third time this season by Steve Irwin's helicopter. However the whalers delayed an attack on BB until Sunday night, launching it under cover of darkness.
|Bob Barker in action|
BB is currently within close range of Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru No.3, and can confirm the two harpoon vessels are unable to whale. Since locating NM on Sunday, the Sea Shepherd fleet was able to chase it out of the Ross Sea. SI and Sam Simon are trail-free and shadowing it.
This is the second time this month that BB has been attacked by the Japanese whaling fleet. On 02 Feb., the conservation ship was struck by YM3 in a 9hr.attack on the SS ships, during which the harpoon ships crossed the bows of the SS ships 86 times.