Militant anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd said on Saturday the Japanese fleet had left the Antarctic whale sanctuary and appeared to be heading home with its smallest catch yet, hailing an "enormously successful" harassment campaign.
This photo, taken on February 25, 2013 and released by Japan's Institute for Cetacean Research, shows the Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker (R) colliding with the Japanese whaling fleet fuel tanker the San Laurel. Militant anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says Japan's entire harpoon fleet has left the Antarctic whale sanctuary and is heading north.
Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson said this year would likely see the lowest haul by the Japanese whalers in history, with "no more than 75" of the mammals killed due to the group's efforts.
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