On March 3, at around 7:00 a.m. Japan time, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's vessel, the Steve Irwin, threw more than 100 bottles containing butyric acid onto the Japanese Antarctic whale research mothership Nisshin Maru, causing injuries to two Japanese coast guard officers and two members of the crew.
Mr. Keiichi Nakajima, president of the Japan Whaling Association, accused the repeated terrorist actions by Sea Shepherd in strong terms, saying "The researchers and crew are onboard the fleet to engage in legal and legitimate whale research on the high seas. Such blatant violence against
them should not be condoned."
"In order to secure safety of the crew on the research fleet, the government of Australia, where the Steve Irwin made the last port call, as well as the government of the Netherlands, which is flag State of the vessel, should take urgent and effective measures to stop these violent actions by the terrorist group," Mr. Nakajima said.