Yūshin Maru No. 2

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A render of the Yūshin Maru type whale catcher.
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Name: Yūshin Maru No. 2
Owner: Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha, Ltd.
Operator: Institute of Cetacean Research
Port of registry: Tokyo, Japan
Builder: Naikai Shipbuilding & Engineering, Setoda
Laid down: March 6, 2002
Launched: June 11, 2002
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Type: Whaler
Tonnage: 747 gross tonnage (GT)
Displacement: unknown
Length: 69.61 m (228.4 ft) o/a
Beam: 10.8 m (35 ft) (moulded)
Height: Bow:  6.5 m (21 ft)
Upper bridge:  11.5 m (38 ft)
IO platform:  13.5 m (44 ft)
Barrel:  19.5 m (64 ft)[2]
Draft: 4.718 m (15.48 ft)
Installed power: 5280 PS / 3900 kW[2]
Propulsion: unknown
Speed: 22 kts
Crew: 8

The Yūshin Maru No. 2 (第二勇新丸, Daini Yūshin Maru) is a Japanese-registered whale catcher that undertakes whaling operations in the North Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean. Along with other vessels of the Japanese whaling fleet, its efforts and the ensuing conflict with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have been featured on American television since 2008, in the documentary-style reality series Whale Wars.[3]

Sea Shepherd confrontations[edit]

On January 15, 2008, two members (Ben Potts and Giles Lane) of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, traveling on the MV Steve Irwin, boarded the Yūshin Maru No. 2 without permission. They were accordingly detained on board the ship for two days before being transferred to the Australian customs vessel MV Oceanic Viking. During their detainment, they were offered whale meat for dinner.[4]

On February 6, 2009, the MV Steve Irwin collided with the Yūshin Maru No. 2 as the activist vessel attempted to obstruct the transfer of a whale up the slipway of the factory ship Nisshin Maru. Both sides claimed the other responsible.[5] Pete Thomas of the LA Times speculated as to "whether [Mr. Watson's] actions are truly on behalf of the whales, or merely to obtain dramatic footage for the Animal Planet series, Whale Wars".[6]

On January 15, 2017, the Yushin Maru No. 2 was again caught illegally fishing for whales within the Australian Whale Sanctuary by the Sea Shepherd. As the Sea Shepherds scouting helicopter flew overhead, Japanese whalers scrambled to cover a dead Antarctic Minke Whale[7] and loaded harpoons with tarps to hide the evidence of their poaching.[citation needed]

The Sea Shepherd has transmitted coordinates to the MY Steve Irwin which is now on route to intercept the poaching vessels.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Single Ship Report for "9278040", Miramar Ship Index, Accessed 8 February 2011
  2. ^ a b c Matsuoka, K.; Tamura, T.; Mori, M; Isoda, T.; Yoshida, T.; Moriyama, R.; Yamaguchi, F.; Yoshimura, I.; Wada, Atsushi; Nakai, Kazuyoshi; Tsunekawa, Masaomi; Ogawa, Tomoyuki (June 2012). "Cruise Report of the Second Phase of the Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic (JARPAII) in 2011/2012" (PDF). Institute of Cetacean Research. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Whale Wars: About the Series". Animal Planet. Retrieved November 4, 2008.
  4. ^ The Daily Mail - British anti-whaling protester held hostage on Japanese ship offered whale meat for dinner (16 January 2008)
  5. ^ Perry, Michael (5 February 2009). "Anti-whaling protest ship collides with Japanese whaler". Reuters.
  6. ^ Thomas, Pete (6 February 2009). "Whale war between Japan and Sea Shepherd becomes increasingly confrontational". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 June 2009.
  7. ^ Reilly, S.B.; Bannister, J.L.; Best, P.B.; Brown, M.; Brownell Jr., R.L.; Butterworth, D.S.; Clapham, P.J.; Cooke, J.; Donovan, G.P.; Urbán, J.; et al. (2008). "Balaenoptera bonaerensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2008: e.T2480A9449324. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2008.RLTS.T2480A9449324.en. Retrieved 16 January 2018.