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After almost a week of battling dense fog and heavy winds and swells the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Steve Irwin has once more found the Japanese whaling fleet.

The fleet was located at 0930 Hours at the position of 67 Degrees 18 Minutes South and 163 Degrees 52 Minutes West.

"We are 7 miles from the fleet and approaching. We see the Nisshin Maru and two harpoon vessels the Yushin Maru #1 and the Yushin Maru #2," said Captain Paul Watson. "They appear to be whaling and are not moving. If we don't catch up with them before they begin to move, we are close enough now that we will not lose the Nisshin Maru."

There is a lot of loose ice and moderate patches of fog. The winds are at forty knots which means the helicopter cannot be deployed.

The Steve Irwin is now in close pursuit of the Japanese whaling fleet.

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Japanese harpoon whaling vessel, the Yushin Maru No. 3 (foreground) and factory ship,
the Nisshin Maru (background) flee Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin
(Photo by Stephen Roest/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

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Japanese harpoon whaling vessel, the Yushin Maru No. 1, sails through
treacherous ice fields during a pursuit with Sea Shepherd vessel the Steve Irwin
(Photo by Adam Lau/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

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Japanese harpoon whaling vessel, the Yushin Maru No. 3 (foreground) and factory ship,
the Nisshin Maru (background) flee Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin
(Photo by Adam Lau/Sea Shepherd Conservation Society)

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