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Sea Shepherd ship stops over in Dunedin

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/02/2017
The 59-metre ship, named after the late Australian environmentalist, left Australia in early December. © Shutterstock The 59-metre ship, named after the late Australian environmentalist, left Australia in early December.

The Steve Irwin, flagship of the environmental activist group Sea Shepherd, is set to berth in Dunedin after an 80-day anti-whaling campaign.

The 59-metre ship, named after the late Australian environmentalist, has been one of two Sea Shepherd vessels patrolling Antarctic waters in the annual battle with Japanese whalers.

It left Australia in early December with the new custom-designed Ocean Warrior.

The Steve Irwin is due to arrive at Dunedin's Birch Street Wharf on Thursday morning for a short layover and will welcome the public on board on Saturday and Sunday.

Sea Shepherd NZ director Grant Meikle says it will be a first time a Sea Shepherd vessel has been open for tours in the South Island.

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