Whale saviours in fresh bid to stop Japanese hunt

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They have sunk half of Norway’s whaling fleet. Poachers hate them and seal hunters attack them. But the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is likely to be warmly welcomed in Melbourne as it prepares to fight Japanese whale killing.

Its vessel, the 50-metre, ice-breaking Farley Mowat, arrived in Port Phillip Bay last week on its first Melbourne visit. On December 5 it will travel to Antarctic waters in a bid to “harass, hinder and obstruct” the Japanese whaling ships from their prey, which this season will include up to 935 minke whales