The Brigitte Bardot anti-whaling ship
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Anti-whaling ship stranded off the coast of Australia

29 December 2011 Last updated at 14:27 GMT

An anti-whaling ship is being towed to safety after being stranded off the western coast of Australia.

The Brigitte Bardot vessel was following the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean when a rogue wave cracked its hull.

Another boat from the anti-whaling organisation Sea Shepherd went to the rescue.

Captain Paul Watson, the founder of Sea Shepherd, spoke to the BBC from the rescue ship Steve Irwin.