Whale-hunting activism turns to war

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Environmental activists have thrown acid at a Japanese whaling boat as hostilities reach a boiling point on the Southern Ocean.

Anti-whaling protesters from the Steve Irwin used rubber dinghies to get close enough to throw bottles of vile-smelling butyric acid at the Yushin Maru 2, the Herald Sun reported.

The harpoon ship retaliated by firing its water pump at them.

The activists also fixed hooks and wires to the Japanese security ship Shonan Maru 2, which is holding three Australians captive.

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