Australia to investigate claim Japanese whalers rammed Sea Shepherd ship | Environment | theguardian.com

The federal environment minister, Greg Hunt, has ordered an investigation into claims a Japanese whaling fleet rammed one of activist group Sea Shepherd’s vessels.

The anti-whaling group says its ship the Bob Barker was deliberately struck by the Yushin Maru No 2 early on Sunday, in retaliation for the Sea Shepherd preventing any whales from being captured for more than a week.

Hunt said that while the alleged incident occurred in New Zealand waters he had ordered an investigation and briefing on the matter.

“This must be a message to both parties – whalers and protesters – these are dangerous waters, nobody can play any games with safety, nobody can play any games with international maritime law,” Hunt told ABC Radio.

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