Captain Paul Watson, founder and director of Sea Shepherd, recently revealed our vessel – the newest ship to the Sea Shepherd fleet – to the world, after remaining undercover for many months in preparation for the 2012/2013 Antarctica campaign. We are now stationed in Hobart, Tasmania, and it is here we will stay until our departure South in hot pursuit of illegal whalers exploiting our oceans, targeting minke whales, as well as endangered fin whales, under the guise of scientific research whaling.
It is our sole purpose to protect those whales, and that the whalers return home, if they indeed leave Japan at all, without having harmed or hunted a single whale from this designated safe haven – the Southern Ocean Sanctuary.
It’s an honour and a privilege to be here, and a role I don’t take lightly. I feel blessed to be part of a dedicated and passionate organisation, and specifically to be on board with an experienced and competent crew. It’s the greatest opportunity to directly help the conservation of our oceans and whales, a cause I’ve been passionate about for many years. I wholeheartedly feel that now is the time for action.
You can stay up to date with the campaign at seashepherd.org and show your support by donating and spreading the word. Please visit womenforwhales.org for a more personal account of my Sea Shepherd experience. Any donations received through womenforwhales.org will also help go toward my travel funds and are greatly appreciated.
I feel confident that the 2012/2013 Zero Tolerance campaign will be 100% successful and thanks to Sea Shepherd, there will not be one single whale hunted or killed. We will soon be able to celebrate the end of illegal whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary with Antarctica being free of the Japanese whaling fleet for good.