We are Sea Shepherd
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization.
Established in 1977, our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. We use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
We are Sea Shepherd
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization.
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We are one of the few global environmental organizations that focuses primarily on direct action. 

Whether it is on the ground in Taiji, patrolling the Gulf of California, or fighting poachers in the Galapagos, we are in field working hard to protect our marine environment.

How to Support Sea Shepherd

We are one of the few global environmental organizations that focuses primarily on direct action. 

Whether it is on the ground in Taiji, patrolling the Gulf of California, or fighting poachers in the Galapagos, we are in field working hard to protect our marine environment.

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The animals and environments we protect are located across the globe, so we need your support to send help when it is needed. Please donate today.
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Sea Shepherd has a long and rich history protecting animals and the ocean environment. You can learn more about us by reading our history.
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Whether helping with your local chapter, traveling to a distant country to stop animal attrocities, or crewing one of our ships at sea, we have a place for you.
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FEATURED VIDEOS
FEATURED VIDEOS
 
Jenny Trickey tries to tag a beaked whale. Photo: Rodrigo Huerta
December 07, 2016

Scientists and Sea Shepherd Make New Discovery About Cuvier’s Beaked Whales During Expedition in Mexico

The Divina Guadalupe research project records highest worldwide sighting rate of Cuvier’s beaked whales ever recorded A group of Mexican and U.S.…
Operation Milagro III
November 22, 2016

Sea Shepherd Launches Operation Milagro III - Returns to Mexico to Save the Vaquita Porpoise

M/V Sam Simon arriving from Italy to join the campaign for the first time Continuing its commitment to stop the imminent extinction of the endangered…
M/V Farley Mowat
September 09, 2016

Sea Shepherd Crew’s Life Threatened by Mexican ‘Cartels’ in The Gulf of California

Campaign leader targeted while on operation to save the endangered totoaba bass A crew member aboard the Sea Shepherd vessel M/V Farley Mowat…
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Cyber Sale
November 25, 2016

Holiday 20% Off Cyber Sale

This holiday season you can give an eco-ethical gift while helping to defend, conserve and protect our oceans. Browse our holiday shopping…
Save the Date
November 17, 2016

On Giving Tuesday We Need You...

Save the vaquita porpoise and other marine species On Monday, we will officially launch our most ambitious campaign this year, Operation Milagro III.…
Photo: Omar Vidal
October 14, 2016

Sea Shepherd announces matching gift challenge to save the vaquita porpoise

Dear Friends, Because of you, thousands of endangered and threatened whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, sharks and other marine mammals have…
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Divina Guadalupe Beaked Whale Research Project
Divina Guadalupe Beaked Whale Research Project
**If you cannot see the captions on this video, just click on CC on the lower right corner of video settings on the video ** #Breaking #SeaShepherd helps scientists learn more about #rare Beaked whales! Did you know that Cuvier's Beaked whales hold the record for the deepest mammalian dive? Watch t...
Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is returning to Mexico’s Gulf of California for Operation Milagro III to save the near extinct vaquita marina porpoise and the endangered totoaba bass. The M/V Farley Mowat is back on active duty with the M/V Sam Simon joining the Milagro campaign for the first ti...
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
The Farley Mowat Sea Shepherd crew is called out to investigate a dead Brydes whale in the Gulf of California on November 5th, 2016 while patrolling the vaquita refuge. To help the Sea Shepherd crew to continue its work in the Sea of Cortez, including protecting the near-extinct vaquita marina porpo...
Entanglement in the South
Entanglement in the South
Operation Guardian Angel - In and around Bahia de Los Angeles, in the Gulf of California, countless marine species are entrapped in nets with little or no hope of rescue. Rosalia Tellez works for CONANP, a department of the Mexican government that acts as park rangers to enforce laws and assist in ...
Good and Bad Days
Good and Bad Days
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers over the course of two days. The first day Sea Shepherd locates and removes a long line from the sea; fortunately no animals were caught in the net. However, the next day volunteers find a sea lion that has been caught and died in a fisherman's net.
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Sea Shepherd campaign Operation Virus Hunter saw the vessel RV Martin Sheen under the leadership of Alexandra Morton, head up the coast of British Columbia Canada to expose open pen Atlantic salmon farms and the impact they are having on wild Pacific salmon and the the surrounding eco-systems.
Illegal Totoaba Nets
Illegal Totoaba Nets
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers through the process of locating, retrieving and disposing of illegal nets in the Gulf of California.
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
August 12th 2016: Early Thursday morning the R/V Martin Sheen assisted Melissa Willie, a band councilor of the Musgamagw Dza’wada’enuxw nation, in hand delivering a letter to three farms expressing the nations disapproval of the industry. Sea Shepherd crew alongside independent biologist Alexand...
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
Ross McCall travels to the Faroe Islands to explore the truths behind the centuries old tradition of the brutal Pilot Whale drives.
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Sea Shepherd Chairman of the Board, actor/activist Pamela Anderson, cautions viewers about the dangers of eating farmed salmon.
Why Just One?  Indiegogo Video
Why Just One? Indiegogo Video
Support Sea Shepherd's documentary by sharing and backing our Indiegogo campaign here: http://bit.ly/1OfvER6
Milagro Summary - English
Milagro Summary - English
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Operation Milagro II has come to an end. Milagro is its campaign to fight the looming extinction of the vaquita porpoise, the most endangered marine mammal in the world. With an estimate of less than 100 surviving vaquita, Sea Shepherd ships the R/V Martin Sheen...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Watch the crew of the Farley Mowat capture footage of illegal fishing activity with a night vision drone and pull up a totoaba net in the dead of night. This is the final vlog of Operation Milagro II!
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project is dedicated to collect samples from whales in the Gulf of California to measure levels of toxins in whales in order to determine the levels of toxins in the Gulf of California itself. Learn more at: www.seashepherd.org
Totoaba Poachers Caught on Camera
Totoaba Poachers Caught on Camera
Never before seen footage. Sea Shepherd catches critically endangered totoaba poacher in the act. The Sea Shepherd crew filmed these totoaba poachers as they were checking one of their illegal nets in the protected vaquita habitat. The vaquita porpoise is the most endangered marine mammal in the wor...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 14 - Saving Lives
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 14 - Saving Lives
Watch‬ the routine of our crew doing valuable work in the ‪Sea of Cortez‬. We have been very effective at removing illegal fishing gear from the ‪‎vaquita‬ porpoise's habitat. So much so, that now, most of the time we remove nets and lines that are mostly empty, our favorite thing to do....
Sea Shepherd finds 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks
Sea Shepherd finds 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks
The Sea Shepherd crew has found 3 dead vaquitas in 3 weeks in the month of march of 2016. The vaquita porpoise is the most endangered marine mammal in the world. Learn more at: www.seashepherd.org/milagro2
Sea Shepherds finds a dead sample of the most endangered marine mammal in the world
Sea Shepherds finds a dead sample of the most endangered marine mammal in the world
While patrolling the waters of the upper Gulf of California the Sea Shepherd crew found a dead vaquita porpoise. The vaquita is the most endangered marine mammal in the whole world. The crew also found a Great White Shark caught in an illegal gillnet.
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 12 - This is Direct Action
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 12 - This is Direct Action
This week, the crew of ‪Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ships The M/V Farley Mowat and The RV Martin Sheen find and retrieve an illegal totoaba bass long line from the critically endangered ‪vaquita porpoise habitat. The totoaba fish is also critically endangered. Watch all episodes at: http...
Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet
Sea Shepherd Crew Save Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet
Sea Shepherd crew rescued a whale entangled in an illegal totoaba gillnet in the Gulf of California. Sea Shepherd currently has two vessels in Mexico's Gulf of California on OPERATION MILAGRO. Our goal is to save the vaquita porpoises, the most endangered marine mammal. The vaquita are caught as a r...
Gregg Lowe on Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro
Gregg Lowe on Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro
You might know Gregg Lowe from X-Men: Days of Future Past, but now watch him explain Sea Shepherd's Operation Milagro and understand why we must save the #VaquitaMarina - The most endangered cetacean in the world. Help us save the vaquita at: http://seashepherd.org/milagro2/donate-now/vaquita-appeal...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 11 - Big Fish
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 11 - Big Fish
This week the crew of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's ships The Farley Mowat and The Martin Sheen find and retrieve an illegal totoaba bass net from the critically endangered vaquita marina's habitat Watch all episodes at: http://www.seashepherd.org/milagro2/multimedia/videos.html ‪#‎OpMilag...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 10 - Light up the Dark
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 10 - Light up the Dark
Actor Gregg Lowe crews with Sea Shepherd to help us protect the vaquita. The M/V Farley Mowat lights up the vaquita refuge and deters poacher from laying deadly nets in the vaquita marina's habitat. Watch all episodes at: http://seashepherd.org/milagro2/multimedia
Sea Shepherd Wildlife - False Killer Whales
Sea Shepherd Wildlife - False Killer Whales
The first video of our new series "Sea Shepherd Wildlife". This episode is about one of the lesser know large dolphins - The False Killer Whales. Learn more about these beautiful creatures with the Sea Shepherd crew. Share it with your friends. Video by Carolina A. Castro Narration by Nicole D'Entr...
Sea Shepherd Removes gillnet from Endangered Vaquita Habitat
Sea Shepherd Removes gillnet from Endangered Vaquita Habitat
Sea Shepherd Removes gillnet from Endangered Vaquita Habitat.
Jenny Trickey tries to tag a beaked whale. Photo: Rodrigo Huerta
December 07, 2016

Scientists and Sea Shepherd Make New Discovery About Cuvier’s Beaked Whales During Expedition in Mexico

The Divina Guadalupe research project records highest worldwide sighting rate of Cuvier’s beaked whales ever recorded A group of Mexican and U.S.…
Operation Milagro III
November 22, 2016

Sea Shepherd Launches Operation Milagro III - Returns to Mexico to Save the Vaquita Porpoise

M/V Sam Simon arriving from Italy to join the campaign for the first time Continuing its commitment to stop the imminent extinction of the endangered…
M/V Farley Mowat
September 09, 2016

Sea Shepherd Crew’s Life Threatened by Mexican ‘Cartels’ in The Gulf of California

Campaign leader targeted while on operation to save the endangered totoaba bass A crew member aboard the Sea Shepherd vessel M/V Farley Mowat…
Cyber Sale
November 25, 2016

Holiday 20% Off Cyber Sale

This holiday season you can give an eco-ethical gift while helping to defend, conserve and protect our oceans. Browse our holiday shopping…
Save the Date
November 17, 2016

On Giving Tuesday We Need You...

Save the vaquita porpoise and other marine species On Monday, we will officially launch our most ambitious campaign this year, Operation Milagro III.…
Photo: Omar Vidal
October 14, 2016

Sea Shepherd announces matching gift challenge to save the vaquita porpoise

Dear Friends, Because of you, thousands of endangered and threatened whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, sharks and other marine mammals have…