Sea Shepherd cheers as Japanese ships end whaling season far short of projected kill numbers
The Sea Shepherd fleet of anti-whaling vessels has managed to disrupt the Japanese whaling operations again and this time the whalers are limping back home with less than a third (267) of the marine mammals they had hoped to brutally kill (reportedly 900).
So at least hundreds more in the Antarctic waters have survived. Captain Paul Watson is quoted on the Sea Shepherd website as saying, “It has been a successful campaign. There are hundreds of whales swimming free in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary that would now be dead if we had not been down there for the last three months. That makes us very happy indeed.”
The Sea Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will launch another mission later this year, if the Japanese whaling fleet heads back to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The mission will be called “Operation Cetacean Justice” and will include four ships, two helicopters, four drones and 120 volunteers.
“If the Japanese whalers return, Sea Shepherd will return. We are committed to the defense of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary,” Watson said. “No matter how long it takes, no matter how risky or expensive. The word “sanctuary” actually means something to us and that something is worth fighting for.”
Japan’s commercial whaling-killing operation is run by – get this – the “Institute of Cetacean Research.” That would be like the Syrian government declaring that in bombing cities, they are only testing the effectiveness of their bombs. It’s only research.
A CNN blog reports there was a confrontation four days ago between the Japanese ships and the Sea Shepherd’s “Bob Barker.”