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Monday, 15th February 2010
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Anti-whaling protestor boards Japanese ship

A member of an anti-whaling protest boat crew has reportedly boarded a Japanese whaling boat working in the Antarctic Sea.

Pete Bethune, who is a crew member on a boat belonging to anti-whaling group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is reportedly still aboard the Shonan Maru 2 after climbing aboard it in the early hours of this morning (February 15th).

Mr Bethune, who hails from New Zealand, was the captain of Ady Gil, the boat which sank earlier this year after a crash involving a whaling boat.

In a statement, captain of the Sea Shepherd's boat Paul Watson said: "Captain Bethune boarded a Japanese whaling fleet security ship at high speed in total darkness, breached the spikes and anti-boarding nets and is presently onboard."

According to reports he reached the ship on a jet ski.

Each year, Japanese ships head to the Antarctic for the country's annual hunt, which officials say is in the name of scientific research and does not harm endangered species of mammal.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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