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A New Zealand public relations guru is said to have paid for Japanese spy planes which have been keeping an eye on anti-whaling protesters in the Southern Ocean.

Reports say Glenn Inwood’s Omeka Public Relations company, which works for Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research, chartered planes in Hobart and Albany to track the Sea Shepherd’s ship, the Steve Irwin, in December.

Sea Shepherd founder and Steve Irwin captain Paul Watson claims Mr Inwood put the “spy flights” on his credit card.

“The Japanese are spending an incredible amount of money this year. They’ve dedicated two vessels just to tail us and the latest flights out of Melbourne and Hobart cost them about $20,000,” he told the ABC.

“These surveillance flights are aiding an illegal operation and they should be stopped,” Mr Watson said.

“Japanese whaling is illegal – it’s a poaching operation.

“The Australian Government recognises it as illegal. They are taking whales in the Australian-Antarctic territory and they are in contempt of an Australian Federal Court order.”

The ABC attempted to contact Mr Inwood without success.

Read the full report here via PR guru ‘paid for whalers’ spy flights’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Another whaling ship arrived in the Southern Ocean today, unexpected and right on time: the Bob Barker.

The 1,200-ton Norwegian built Antarctic harpoon vessel caught up with the Japanese whaling fleet at 0300 Hours on Wednesday, January 6th, in the area of Commonwealth Bay off the Adelie Coast at 143 Degrees 17 Minutes East and 66 Degrees 43 Minutes South. The Norwegian flag cracked in the chill Antarctic air as the silhouette of the whaler gave every indication that the ship was sent to support the Japanese whalers.

The Japanese could be forgiven for thinking that the pro-whaling Norwegians had sent a ship to support their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. But any excitement turned to disappointment quickly as the Norwegian flag was hauled down and the black and white skull with crossed Trident and Shepherd’s crook was raised to announce the arrival of the Bob Barker, the latest ship acquired for the Sea Shepherd ocean defense fleet.

Thanks to a $5,000,000 contribution from American television personality and icon Bob Barker, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was able to quietly purchase and refit the former Norwegian whaler in Africa. The ice strengthened fast chaser boat quietly departed from Mauritius on December 18th to join up with the Sea Shepherd ships Steve Irwin and Ady Gil in the Southern Ocean.

Barker has also funded the cost of a helicopter that will accompany the society’s ships. The aircraft is named The Nancy Burnet after the president of United Activists for Animal Rights, an organization Barker also supports. This new helicopter will participate in future campaigns.

Read the full report here via The Time is Right for Bob Barker to Rescue the Whales – Sea Shepherd.

The Yushin Maru hauls in a captured whale

Planes tracked protesters: The Yushin Maru hauls in a captured whale (www.customs.gov.au)

The captain of an anti-whaling protest ship has backed reports that Japanese whalers have been chartering Australian planes to track the ship’s movements in the Southern Ocean.

Fairfax newspapers are reporting that a public relations company linked to Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research chartered planes in Hobart and Albany to track the Sea Shepherd’s ship, the Steve Irwin, in December.

The Steve Irwin’s captain, Paul Watson, says he believes those on board the plane reported his ship’s position to a Japanese whale chasing boat.

“We did notice the plane in December; we thought it was an Australian Government plane so we didn’t take very much notice of it,” he said.

“But then six hours later the Japanese vessel Shonan Maru showed up and got on our tail and we couldn’t shake them for three weeks.”

Federal Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt says the Government should investigate the flights and put a stop to them.

“What we have here is spy flights, which are helping to breach international law, being conducted from Australian airports under the guise and under the nose of the Australian Government,” he said.

Read the full report via Whaling fleet’s ‘spy flights’ flew out of Australia – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

“Since becoming an activist, i have been heavily supportive of the Sea Shepherd Organization. what they are doing on the Front line to save the whales is nothing short of amazing. How on earth can anyone want to eat whale meat? ok it may taste yummy (as they reckon) but it just cant be justified. We DO NOT need to eat whale meat, nor do we need their oil for beauty or health products. We have advancements with technologies these days that can make synthetic strains and oils…replicate it and leave the whales alone. ” Rebecca Fowler