Japanese whalers, activists clash off Antarctica
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Japanese whalers, activists clash off Antarctica

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SYDNEY (AP) — The founder of an anti-whaling activist group says Japanese whalers shot water cannons at them in the icy waters off Antarctica.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is chasing the fleet in the hopes of interrupting Japan’s annual whale hunt, which kills up to 1,000 whales a year.

On Saturday, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson was talking to The Associated Press by telephone from his ship when he said the whalers began blasting one of his group’s inflatable boats with a water cannon.

New Zealand-based Glenn Inwood, spokesman for Japan’s Tokyo-based Institute of Cetacean Research, which sponsors the whale hunt, declined to comment.

Every year, Japan and Sea Shepherd make claims of aggression against each other, but the accounts are generally impossible to verify.

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