SYDNEY — Anti-whaling ship the Bob Barker and a Japanese
harpoon boat collided in icy Antarctic waters in the second major clash
this year in increasingly aggressive confrontations between
conservationists and the whaling fleet.
No one was injured in the clash Saturday, which each side blamed on the other.
US-based activist group Sea Shepherd, which sends vessels to confront
the Japanese fleet each year, accused the Japanese ship of deliberately
rammed the Bob Barker — named after the US game show host who donated
millions of dollars for the anti-whaling group to buy it.
Japan's Fisheries Agency said the activist boat caused the collision by
suddenly approaching the harpoon vessel No. 3 Yushin Maru to throw
bottles containing bad-smelling butyric acid at the Japanese ship.