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
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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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Sea Shepherd's Operation Infinite Patience: The Cove Guardians expose Taiji
Sea Shepherd's Operation Infinite Patience: The Cove Guardians expose Taiji
Melissa Sehgal and her Sea Shepherd Cove Guardian team highlight the daily atrocities that occur against much beloved, intelligent and social dolphins in Taiji, Japan for six months of each year.
Sea Shepherd Science – Biologist Jack Grove on Sea Shepherd and Preserving Galapagos Islands
Sea Shepherd Science – Biologist Jack Grove on Sea Shepherd and Preserving Galapagos Islands
Biologist Jack Grove has seen firsthand the devastation to the species living on Galapagos Islands. Natural resources are being depleted at alarming rates. Sea Shepherd aims to change that.
Operation Grindstop 2014: 14 Crew Arrested During Grind
Operation Grindstop 2014: 14 Crew Arrested During Grind
During Operation Grindstop, Sea Shepherd was on constant patrol protecting Pilot Whales from brutal slaughter in the Faroe Islands. Only one grind was carried out during Sea Shepherd’s campaign, and our volunteers stood fast to the bitter end. Maggy Gschnitzer is one of 14 of our crewmembers arres...
Thank You Steve Wynn
Thank You Steve Wynn
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society would like to personally say thank you to Steve Wynn for allowing us to present our photo exhibit "Taiji Dolphins: The Truth Behind The Tarps" on September 19-21, 2014 at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas.
Martin Sheen Unveils Sea Shepherd’s Newest Vessel, R/V Martin Sheen, Named in his Honor
Martin Sheen Unveils Sea Shepherd’s Newest Vessel, R/V Martin Sheen, Named in his Honor
October 18, 2014 - Sea Shepherd unveils the new R/V Martin Sheen named for the award-winning actor, activist and Sea Shepherd supporter. Martin Sheen was on hand to help unveil and christen the vessel at a press conference in Marina del Rey, Calif. on Oct. 18, 2014 where the media and public got the...
Shannen Doherty reacts to dolphin slaughter in Taiji
Shannen Doherty reacts to dolphin slaughter in Taiji
September 20, 2014 - Taiji, Japan - Actress Shannen Doherty joins Sea Shepherd's Cove Guardians at Taiji, Japan's infamous cove to bear witness to their brutal annual dolphin drive hunts. In this clip, she describes her reaction to seeing a dolphin drive and slaughter.
Operation GrindStop 2014: Sea Shepherd Helps Pilot Whales Back Out to Sea
Operation GrindStop 2014: Sea Shepherd Helps Pilot Whales Back Out to Sea
On Wednesday, July 30th, Sea Shepherd spotted and escorted a pod of pilot whales away from the Faroe Island shores. To help with Operation GrindStop 2014: https://my.seashepherd.org/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=860 To learn more visit: http://www.seashepherd.org/grindstop/ Music: 'The Complex' b...
Operation Toxic Gulf 2014 Campaign Update
Operation Toxic Gulf 2014 Campaign Update
Nearing the End, Operation Toxic Gulf campaign is 3/4 of the way through. Learn how the crew has been keeping busy and the exciting discoveries made thus far. To help support Operation Toxic Gulf: https://my.seashepherd.org/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=859 To learn more: http://www.seashepherd.or...
Operation Grindstop 2014: Introducing the On-Shore Crew
Operation Grindstop 2014: Introducing the On-Shore Crew
On-shore volunteers Ellen and Maxime describe the roles of the Operation Grindstop on-shore team. Patrolling the beaches and looking out from the hills, our crew is vigilant and determined to ensure no pilot whales fall victim to a grind. To help with Operation GrindStop 2014: https://my.seashephe...
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Announces Operation GrindStop 2014
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Announces Operation GrindStop 2014
June 17, 2014 - Operation GrindStop 2014 Campaign Launch Press Conference in the Faroe Islands: Sea Shepherd Global's Director of Ship Operations Captain Peter Hammarstedt, Sea Shepherd USA's Campaign Director Scott West, and Sea Shepherd France's President Lamya Essemlali officially launch Operatio...
Operation Toxic Gulf 2014
Operation Toxic Gulf 2014
Sea Shepherd & Ocean Alliance Set Sail on "Operation Toxic Gulf 2014"
Operation GrindStop 2014
Operation GrindStop 2014
Operation GrindStop 2014 is underway! Join us for the largest land- and sea-based campaign in Sea Shepherd history! To help with Operation GrindStop 2014: https://my.seashepherd.org/NetCommunity/SSLPage.aspx?pid=860 To learn more visit: http://www.seashepherd.org/grindstop/
From the Cove to Captivity Contest Winner - AnaGirlEmpath
From the Cove to Captivity Contest Winner - AnaGirlEmpath
http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2014/03/18/sea-shepherd-announces-winners-of-from-the-cove-to-captivity-video-contest-1564
From the Cove to Captivity Contest Runner Up - RenaudK
From the Cove to Captivity Contest Runner Up - RenaudK
http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2014/03/18/sea-shepherd-announces-winners-of-from-the-cove-to-captivity-video-contest-1564
From the Cove to Captivity Contest - Megan Rose Taylor
From the Cove to Captivity Contest - Megan Rose Taylor
I am currently studying Animal Management at college and have always been passionate about animal welfare. When I learnt what was happening in Taiji I was devastated and for a while felt ashamed to belong to the human race. That is until I discovered Sea Shepherd and the Cove Guardians who made me f...
Guang Zhou Market
Guang Zhou Market
With global shark populations being driven towards extinction, this is not just a China issue, but a global issue and we are all responsible.
Real Men Don't Whale
Real Men Don't Whale
Clive Standen, star of History Channel's "Vikings", speaks out against the continued barbaric slaughter of pilot whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands
Dr. Godfrey Merlen on Scientific Whaling Versus Cultural Whaling
Dr. Godfrey Merlen on Scientific Whaling Versus Cultural Whaling
English Biologist Godfrey Merlen Weighs in on the differences between "Cultural" and "Scientific" Whaling
I am a Cove Guardian
I am a Cove Guardian
Taiji (太地町) Japan - Join the Cove Guardians from whereever you are. Take action to help stop the slaughter of innocent dolphins and whales. 日本語字幕 click [CC]
The Importance of Passion Over Experience
The Importance of Passion Over Experience
Captain Watson explains what he looks for in a Sea Shepherd volunteer
Sea Shepherd Galapagos documentary trailer
Sea Shepherd Galapagos documentary trailer
This trailer is for the upcoming Sea Shepherd film 'Sea Shepherd Galapagos' which documents the extensive work carried out by Sea Shepherd in protecting and defending the Galapagos Marine Reserve against illegal poaching. Music: "Falling Inward" Artist: "Bitcrush"
Earth as Planet Ocean
Earth as Planet Ocean
Captain Paul Watson explains why the oceans are the heart and foundation of all life on the planet.
Captain Watson Gives Speech at Sea Shepherd 35th Anniversary Event in Colorado
Captain Watson Gives Speech at Sea Shepherd 35th Anniversary Event in Colorado
This inspiring speech was recorded just two days before Captain Watson was arrested in Frankfurt, Germany on politically motivated charges from Costa Rica. Learn more about his current situation and what you can do to help Sea Shepherd continue its mission to defend, conserve, and protect marine wil...
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…