Activists Use UAS to Monitor Japanese Whaling Fleet

An international non-profit society dedicated to protecting marine mammals says it is using unmanned aircraft to monitor a Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said that it deployed one of the aircraft on Christmas Day,  to intercept the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru about 800 kilometers off Western Australia’s southwest coast, just north of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

The Sea Shepherd ship, Steve Irwin, deployed a UAS to successfully locate and photograph the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru on December 24th. Once the pursuit began, three Japanese harpoon/security ships moved in on the Steve Irwin to shield the Nisshin Maru to allow it to escape.

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