3 Aussie activists board Japanese whaling vessel

By the Associated Press | January 7, 2012 | 10:41 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Environmentalists say three anti-whaling activists have boarded a Japanese vessel as part of a campaign to stop whale hunting in Antarctic waters.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said in a statement that three Australian men boarded the Shonan Maru No. 2 in early morning darkness on Sunday as the Japanese vessel tailed the conservation group's flagship the Steve Irwin off southwest Australia.

Glenn Inwood, spokesman for the Japanese whaling fleet sponsors, could not immediately confirm that the boarding had occurred.

A Sea Shepherd activist boarded the same Japanese ship in 2010. He spent five months in a Japanese jail before being convicted of an array of offenses and deported.