The ship completed 95 days in the area attempting to stop whalers from killing 935 minke whales, 50 endangered fin whales and 50 endangered humpback whales.
Captain Peter Hammarstedt: "They kill these whales within a designated whale sanctuary, despite a global moratorium on commercial whaling, and within the bounds of the Antarctic treaty."
The nasty Nippons have not yet released the number of whales they killed this year, but SS is confident the fleet had not reached even a quarter of their self-allocated quota. SS believes this year it has saved more than 750 whales.
SS NZ coordinator Michael Lawry says the Japanese had been "very, very aggressive during this whaling season...they've also shown themselves to be very desperate and deeply offensive to the people of NZ by coming into our EEZ." (Last month, the security ship Shonan Maru No.2 entered our 200nm exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This earnt a pathetic rebuke from Foreign Munster Murray McCully, who said it was *yawn* "disappointing".)
Bob Barker will be in Wellington until the end of the month, and open for public tours.