The Greenpeace ship Esperanza claims that the whalers fled the area after a chase worthy of an adventure novel. The Esperanza and the whaling ship had a dramatic chase through hundreds of miles worth of thick fog before forcing the catcher ships, which harpoon the whales, from the factory ship Nisshin Maru. The catcher ships will be unable to hunt so long as they are separated from the factory processing ship.
Greenpeace Japan campaigner Sakyo Noda said: “We came here to stop the fleet from whaling and we have done that. Now they are out of the hunting grounds they should stay out.”