What this also means is that two of the three harpoon vessels cannot whale because they are tailing the Sea Shepherd ships. The third harpoon vessels whereabouts is unknown but is presumed to be with the Nisshin Maru. If the Nisshin Maru stops and attempts to whale, the Gojira will catch up to them and will relay their position to the other two Sea Shepherd ships. Therefore, the two harpoon vessels have been neutralized as whalers, and the factory ship and the third harpoon vessel don’t have much time to stop and look for whales with Godzilla breathing down their backsides.
“What we have down here in the Southern Ocean are seven ships, four on their side and three on ours, engaged in a cat and mouse pursuit over thousands of miles of remote and dangerous seas,” said Captain Paul Watson from the Steve Irwin. “We chase them. They chase us, but the important thing is that we are all running, wasting away the miles, and buying time for the whales. Every day they don’t kill whales is a victory. We can sustain this running confrontation until the end of March, and the end of the whaling season if need be.”
The latest confrontation saw the Gojira attempting to slow down the Yushin Maru #2. The whalers responded with water cannons and Sea Shepherd retaliated with stink bombs.