In the Pacific Ocean about six hundred miles north of Hawaii, an expedition of the Greenpeace foundation has been confronting a Soviet Whaling fleet in a bid to protect the whale population.
GV: Greenpeace rubber boats racing near Soviet whaling mother ship.
SV: Mother ship in background with rubber boats, PAN TO one of them with man waving.
GV: Whale being hauled into stern of mother ship smaller whale-catcher in background.
SV: Soviet ship's funnel with Soviet insignia.
GV PAN FROML Whale catcher TO Mother ship with small boat near stern being sprayed with water, and Whale blood from stern of mother ship staining water.
GV: mother ship spraying small boats, blood in water, PAN TO whale catcher with whales alongside
GV: Greenpeace craft near Whales being hauled to mother ship.
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Background: In the Pacific Ocean about six hundred miles north of Hawaii, an expedition of the Greenpeace foundation has been confronting a Soviet Whaling fleet in a bid to protect the whale population. But the small craft which tried to prevent the harpooning were harassed with water hoses, and the harvest of the Whales went on.
SYNOPSIS: Green Peace conservation expedition used a former United States Navy Minesweeper, the Peacock, to find the whaling fleet then launched rubber dinghies to spoil the aim of the Soviet harpooners. They were not successful. Dead Whales were retrieved and hauled up the stern slip-way of the factory ship for processing, and to be used in a wide variety of industries.
The Soviet Union and Japan are the main whale hunters in the north Pacific, and Greenpeace annually backs its pleas for more conservation by taking on the whale-catchers and factory ships.
Cruising in the blood-stained wake of the factory ship, one of the six small craft is deterred by a fire-hose. Greenpeace argues that the International Whaling Commission has not succeeded in protecting Whales, and many species are threatened with extinction.
Appeals for a ten-year halt to whaling to allow numbers to recover have been ignored, and the harvest goes on.
The current year's whale catch quota in the North Pacific is equivalent to six thousand, four hundred and forty four sperm whales well above the conservationists ' recommended level.