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The International Whaling Commission has banned commercial whaling by member nations since 1986. Although a member of this Commission, Japan has continued its whaling practices under the guise of scientific research, hunting hundreds of whales every season in the Antarctic waters. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, a radical environmentalist group, has declared war on the Japanese whaling fleet and mounted a campaign to attack the Japanese whaling fleet using nonlethal tactics. The environmentalists and whalers are now locked in a bitter battle in the Southern Ocean, where there is little enforcement of domestic and international law. This Note examines the legal consequences of this controversy and suggests necessary action to resolve it peacefully, without loss of lives.