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News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily (6th December 2007)

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AN anti-whaling ship has been named after Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin as it sets off to intercept Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was given permission to use Irwin's name by his widow Terri, who was in Melbourne yesterday as the crew prepared to set sail. Previously named Robert Hunter, the former Scottish fisheries patrol vessel will attempt to intercept a Japanese whaling fleet that left port a fortnight ago.

Mrs Irwin said that the conservation of whales was always on of Steve's passions.

"Whales have always been in Steve's heart and in 2006 he was investigating the possibility of joining the Sea Shepherd on part of its journey to defend these beautiful animals," she said. - AAP

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