With the launch of its latest Antarctic whale defense campaign, Operation Migaloo, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will embark on its fourth expedition to remote waters off the coast of Antarctica. Nearly 1000 whales are being targeted in the Southern Oceans by Japanese whalers, including 50 endangered humpback whales and 10 endangered fin whales. Sea Shepherd plans to intervene.
Known throughout Australia as Migaloo, this campaign honors an endangered albino humpback whale. Migaloo and other humpbacks are under imminent threat of death from Japanese whaling vessels this year, since the Japanese harpooners have their sights set on these endangered creatures.
In the first week of December, Captain Paul Watson, Founder and President of Sea Shepherd, will embark on the Robert Hunter with an international crew to enforce international conservation law in order to prevent the illegal slaughter of endangered animals. Sea Shepherd will pursue the whalers and intervene against their illegal activities as they hunt for and kill whales.
In his remarks, Captain Watson explained that he had not established Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protest anything. The atrocities whalers continue to inflict upon the gentle and intelligent creatures of the oceans have not been my reason for going to sea. In order to enforce international conservation law by non-governmental organizations in international jurisdictions, we are sea cops-operating legally under the guidelines of the United Nations’ World Charter for Nature.”
Sea Shepherd has been fighting against the gentle giants wherever and whenever possible for over three decades. Despite overwhelming odds and a lack of resources, Sea Shepherd has won many victories and saved thousands of whales’ lives. 83 whales were short of the self-appointed quota set for the Japanese fleet in 2005-2006 due to Sea Shepherd’s harriedness. The Japanese whalers failed to reach their illegal quota by more than 500 whales in 2006-2007. During this year’s historic voyage to save whales, Sea Shepherd will return with a ship that matches the speed of the Japanese fleet, new intervention equipment, and a dedicated international crew ready to spend their holidays at sea.
A ruthless fleet of hunter/killer boats armed with explosive deadly blunt harpoons, the Cetacean Death Star referred to as the Nisshin Maru, and a viciously cruel killing machine referred to as the Cetacean Death Star, is what Watson is obsessed with preventing. If we kill whales, sharks, seals, and sea turtles, we will destroy the very foundation of life in the oceans, and therefore humanity as a whole.”
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