Check out selected media coverage that Operation Divine Wind has received around the world.
March 9, 2012 -- ABC Radio Australia News - Australia
Japan's Fisheries agency has told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation the country's whaling fleet is heading home, after catching less than a third of its quota in the Antarctic.
That's despite the fleet getting an extra 31.9 million US dollars this year.
Speaking to the ABC in Tokyo the Japanese Fisheries Agency revealed the whaling fleet finished its hunt three days ago and is now heading for home. .....more
March 5, 2012 -- Time - United States
Anti-whaling activists claimed Tuesday that they have effectively ended this year's Japanese hunt following a late-night altercation near Antarctica, but the whalers said their season will continue.
The activists said they finally found the main factory ship after playing cat-and-mouse with the whalers for the past two weeks. The Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker confronted the whaling ship Nisshin Maru at midnight Monday about 60 miles (97 kilometers) from the Antarctic coastline. .....more
March 1, 2012 -- Sydney Morning Herald - Australia
Radical environmental group Sea Shepherd claims they have tricked Japanese whalers by luring them near to New Zealand's Auckland Islands while another of its vessels gets away.
On Monday the organisation said its two ships were seeking refuge in the Auckland Islands, 1000 kilometres south of Bluff, and planned to refuel them there.
They demanded New Zealand instruct two pursuing Japanese vessels not to enter territorial waters.
But now Sea Shepherd Paul Watson said it was a ruse. .....more
February 22, 2012 -- Dominion Post - Australia
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's vessel Bob Barker will head back down to the Southern Ocean when it sails out of Wellington tonight to begin another anti-whaling campaign.
It has been berthed at Wellington's Taranaki Street wharf for the past week while refuelling and taking on supplies before sailing south to once again to protest against the actions of the Japanese whaling fleet.
Phil Peterson, Bob Barker crewman, said the plan was once again to team up with sister-ship the Steve Irwin. .....more
February 16, 2012 -- NPR - United States
A federal judge in Seattle Thursday refused a request for protection made by Japanese whalers. The whalers were hoping to put a stop to almost daily harassment by an aggressive anti-whaling group based in western Washington.
U.S. federal district court judge Richard Jones did not give a reason for denying the request for a preliminary injunction. It would have prevented the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society from interfering with the Japanese whaling fleet. .....more
February 13, 2012 -- Sydney Morning Herald - Australia
Japanese whalers have scrambled to recover from sustained attacks by conservationists in the Antarctic and have maintained their tail on the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin.
During the attacks, an activist was knocked off his jet-ski into the freezing Southern Ocean by a water cannon, and the propeller of the pursuing harpoon ship Yushin Maru No.2 was entangled by rope.
The clashes off Marie Byrd Land, about halfway between New Zealand and South America, came as the activists mounted a concerted attempt to rid themselves of their pursuers. .....more
February 13, 2012 -- Japan Times - Japan
Activists of antiwhaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on Sunday obstructed Japan's so-called research whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, hurling a rope at a whaling ship and twisting it around the ship's propeller, the Japanese Fisheries Agency said.
The activists also threw bottles containing butyric acid and hurled smoke candles at the Yushin Maru No. 2 during the incident which started at 7:20 a.m. and lasted for about two hours, the agency said. .....more
February 10, 2012 -- Sydney Morning Herald - Australia
The marathon Antarctic whaling pursuit is set to run into next month, with Sea Shepherd activists replenishing fuel to keep up their chase of the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru.
Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson said today the group's long-range vessel Bob Barker had used some of its own fuel to top up the Steve Irwin, which now had enough to stay at sea into next month.
The Bob Barker will leave the pursuit to take on more fuel from an undisclosed location, Mr Watson said. .....more
Early this morning the Japanese harpoon ship Yushin Maru III was holding fast in Australia’s World Heritage Area and territorial waters off Macquarie Island. This is despite a call from Australia to have the ship exit our territory.....read full article
January 6, 2012 -- Stuff - New Zealand
The first footage of the annual Antarctic ''whale wars'' has been released, showing Japanese sailors using high-power water cannons to deter activist boats. .....more
January 6, 2011 -- ABC - Australia
Anti-whaling activists say their campaign in the Southern Ocean has been successful so far, despite damage to a scouting boat.
The stricken vessel has been escorted to Fremantle.
The Sea Shepherd group says the Brigitte Bardot will be repaired but will not return to the Southern Ocean.
There are now calls for the Federal Government to do more to stop Japanese whalers. .....more
January 5, 2011 -- The West Australian - Australia
Anti-whaling activists have interrupted the Japanese Antarctic hunt for the first time this season, Japan's fisheries agency said Thursday.
Two small boats from the US-based environmental group Sea Shepherd interfered with the movement of the harpoon ship Yushin Maru 3 for five and a half hours in the Antarctic Ocean on Wednesday, the agency said.
The boats, lowered from the Sea Shepherd vessel Bob Barker, cut across the Yushin Maru's path trailing ropes and wires, an official at the governmental agency's international affairs division said.
"In response, the Yushin Maru 3 discharged water and gave out verbal warnings to the boats," he said, adding the whaler was not actively hunting at the time. .....more
December 20, 2011 -- News Nine MSN - Australia
The Sea Shepherd anti-whaling group says the government is threatening to charge them about $200,000 in taxes if they don't take their ships to another country before returning to Australia to refuel.
Speaking in the Southern Ocean, where he is looking for Japanese whalers, Sea Shepherd activist Paul Watson lashed out at the Australian government.
"Their latest thing is that we can't come back to Australia to refuel unless we go to another country first, which means we would have to go one week out of our way to get to New Zealand and come back," Mr Watson said. .....more
December 15, 2011 -- Sky News - Australia
The Sea Shepherd conservation group says governments concerned about dangerous confrontations between protesters and Japanese whalers should be sending a ship to keep the peace.
The governments of Australia, New Zealand, the US and the Netherlands have jointly said they are 'deeply concerned' about the potential for injury or loss of life during the summer whaling season.
The Southern Ocean showdown is predicted to be the most volatile yet, with whalers to be escorted by beefed-up security which Sea Shepherd says could involve armed boats. .....more
December 12, 2011 -- Sydney Morning Herald - Australia
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December 12, 2011 -- Time Magazine - United States
Whale hunting season kicked off in Japan last week as three ships set off with a security vessel on their annual pilgrimage to cull hundreds of minke and fin whales in Antarctic waters. And so begins the annual showdown between the whalers and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the tenacious, publicity-savvy anti-whaling group that chases the Japanese fleet around the frigid waters of the sixth continent each winter. The yearly spectacle features scuba-clad activists zipping around in fast boats, lobbing stink bombs at the whaling ships and generally making life miserable for the crew who keep Japan’s 19th-century dream alive. The annual tussle even has its own reality show. .....more
December 9, 2011 -- Sydney Morning Herald - Australia
Japanese whalers have filed a lawsuit in the United States in a bid to prevent "acts of violence" by Sea Shepherd activists during this year's hunt.
In a statement, Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), and Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd, which operates the whaling vessels, said they had filed the lawsuit to establish legal protection of their ships and crews.
"Sea Shepherd has made numerous attempts to foul ships' propellers with ropes, potentially placing the crews and vessels in extreme danger," the statement read. .....more
December 8, 2011 -- The Wall Street Journal - United States
As has become almost routine in recent years, Japan’s annual whale hunt that began this week has kicked off to swirling controversy.
But this year, onlookers are not only taking issue with the whaling expedition itself, but how extra government funding for the trip is being drawn from money intended to be used for reconstruction efforts from the March 11 disasters. The funds are from Japan’s own national budget, not charitable donations from overseas.
The Fisheries Agency said it is channeling an additional Y2.28 billion, about $30 million, to support this year’s whale hunting mission, a chunk of which is earmarked to bolster the fleet’s defense against aggressive confrontations with the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. .....more
December 8, 2011 -- Sky News - Australia
Sea Shepherd is preparing to confront the whalers in the Southern Ocean, in what is expected to be one of its most intense campaigns yet. (Video, YouTube) .....more
November 25, 2011 -- World News Australia - Australia
Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd is preparing for a three month voyage to the Southern Ocean and is expecting one of its most intense campaigns yet against Japanese whalers.
Three Sea Shepherd vessels – the Steve Irwin, the Bob Barker and the Brigitte Bardot – with a total of 88 crew members will head into Antarctic waters in December for what they call 'Operation Divine Wind' (or Kamikaze) with the objective of stopping Japanese whaling activities.
It's Sea Shepherd's eighth voyage to the Southern Ocean. The organisation claims that its harassment tactics last season forced the Japanese whaling fleet to cut short its hunting trip with a fraction of its usual catch. .....more
November 9, 2011 -- The Age - Australia
November 8, 2011 -- The Metro - United Kingdom
Trying to save the world can be a confrontational business. Paul Watson, president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, believes Greenpeace, where he started out as an activist in the 1970s, isn’t doing enough to protect whales in Antarctica.
The 60-year-old Canadian says the more political tactics of Greenpeace don’t get results.
‘This behind the scenes crap is not something that Greenpeace was involved in. I think they’re just too cowardly to go back to be perfectly blunt about it,’ he says. .....more
November 3, 2011 -- Sydney Morning Herald - Australia
With bunk beds in cramped rooms, stickers with slogans such as "Woodchipping Sucks" plastering the walls and the smell of samosas filling the air, this could easily be a backpacker's hostel.
But life aboard the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's anti-whaling ship Bob Barker is no holiday.
The Bob Barker, named after an American game show host who donated money to buy the ship, is docked in Sydney's White Bay and will soon make the voyage into the freezing waters of the Southern Ocean for a three-month campaign. .....more
October 25, 2011 -- Google News - United States
Former screen siren Brigitte Bardot has joined forces with militant environmentalists to call on Japan to halt its "campaign of death" in the annual Antarctic whale hunt.
In a letter to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, the sixties sex kitten said it was "indecent" for the Japanese government to be spending an additional $27 million on beefed-up security for this year's hunt.
"Whales are endangered and each animal killed is a crime against biodiversity," said the French actress, who heads the Brigitte Bardot Foundation. .....more
October 18, 2011 -- The Guardian - United Kingdom
As the Steve Irwin approached the equator last week, word that Japan would be sending a strengthened whaling fleet to Antarctica next month reached the bridge of the old Aberdeen-built customs vessel. The crew of activists on board cheered, as their veteran leader, Captain Paul Watson, resigned himself to his eighth "whale war" among the icebergs and 100mph winds of the Southern ocean.
Watson, on what is nearly his 350th voyage in nearly 40 years defending whales and other marine wildlife at the helm of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is sending three ships to intercept, chase and harass the Japanese. He promises "aggressive non-violence", while the Japanese, still smarting from last year's humiliation when their fleet took only a fifth of its planned whale catch, say they will heighten security and take an armed government fisheries patrol vessel. .....more
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