Evidently, the hard core anti-whalers consider Greenpeace a bunch of pussies. Greenpeace activists in high-speed inflatables spent hours trying to put themselves between chaser boats and minke whales south of Tasmania and claimed some whales got away. "We've certainly succeeded in slowing down the hunt, though unfortunately eventually they did kill a whale," expedition leader Shane Rattenbury said. A second front is about to open in the campaign when one of the whaling fleet, the Kaiko Maru, a scouting vessel, arrives in Hobart to evacuate a crew member with appendicitis. Activists are expected to try to prevent it from returning to Antarctica. "Greenpeace and a number of other organisations want to make sure the ship does not return to the whaling grounds, and that it is not resupplied or refuelled in Hobart," said the organisation's Australian chief executive, Steve Shallhorn. Direct action against the whalers is also set to rise, with the hardline group Sea Shepherd likely to arrive off Commonwealth Bay today, saying that unlike Greenpeace it intends to stop the fleet from whaling. These aren't just hollow words. The tension is expected to rise with the arrival of Sea Shepherd's ship Farley Mowat. Its captain, Paul Watson, has a long history of incapacitating whaling ships, including ramming and sinking them, but without injury or loss of life. I don't know enough about whaling and whale populations to make much of a comment. Love to hear from the rest of you on your whaling thoughts.