19 Nov 2009

Japanese whaling fleet departs for Antarctic

7:09 pm on 19 November 2009

Environmental group Greenpeace says Japanese whaling ships have left for the annual hunt in Antarctic waters.

Three ships have set off on the five-month voyage and are likely to meet opposition from anti-whaling groups.

Activists, especially the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, have harrassed whalers in recent years by using their ships to disrupt the hunt.