Latest images from the Southern Ocean
Australia's government on Thursday released graphic pictures of Japanese hunters harpooning whales and dragging their bleeding carcasses onboard their factory ship, Nisshin Maru. The Australian Customs Service vessel Oceanic Viking, was dispatched to the Southern Ocean to document Japan’s illegal whaling. The photographs taken may potentially be used in an international criminal case against Japan. Australia’s government called the most recent images confirmation of ''indiscriminate'' killing. One photograph depicted a mother and calf being hauled aboard, however Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research challenged the accuracy of the photo, accusing Australian officials and media of spreading an ‘emotional propaganda campaign’. For more information, check out this article in yesterdays Washington Post.