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Sea Shepherd must adapt to more effectively defend Dolphins

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

The bloody killing cove in TaijiSince the early Sixties, an insidious trade of intelligent, self-aware, sentient beings has been growing like a malignant cancer within human society. It is a slave trade that has been the cause of unimaginable misery and has claimed the lives of thousands of dolphins. This cruel industry has spread across Europe and Asia with hundreds of marine aquariums operating, many of them with grossly inadequate facilities. 

Sea Shepherd has been documenting and opposing the dreadful slaughter and capture of dolphins in Taiji, Japan since 2003. In the beginning Sea Shepherd cut nets and freed 16 pilot whales back in October 2003, an action that sent two volunteers to jail for over a month. Sea Shepherd brought the story to the world’s media with headline stories and coverage on CNN...but the killing continued.

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The Whale Wars Continue

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson

Paul Watson in AntarcticaSea Shepherd has accomplished something absolutely remarkable over the last 12 years.

In 2005 we set out to tackle the world’s largest and most destructive whaling fleet. We were told it was impossible by some governments and a few NGO’s.

Hardly anyone even knew about Japan’s illegal slaughter in the Southern Ocean. It was out of sight and out of mind. They were targeting 1,035 whales a year including a yearly quota of 50 endangered Humpbacks and 50 endangered Fin whales.

We had few resources but we took our one battered and slow vessel, the Farley Mowat and we chased the whalers across the Southern Ocean, catching them only for a few hours at a time until they sped away from us.

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Climate Change May Doom the Baby Seals

By Captain Paul Watson

Michelle Rodriguez and seal pup. Photo: Bernard Sidler/Sea ShepherdForty years ago on March 15th, 1977, French film star Brigitte Bardot traveled to the ice floes off the Eastern Coast of Canada to focus attention on the slaughter of baby whitecoat seals.

Her arrival was met with hostility by Newfoundland sealers and by the Canadian government, yet despite harassment and ugly threats she rode in my helicopter far offshore to meet the seals.

She was fearless. We flew through blizzard conditions with very poor visibility to over a hundred miles off the coast.

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Kelly Slater Is Not An Enemy of the Sharks

By Captain Paul Watson

Paul Watson and Kelly Slater. Photo: Deborah BassettWhat caused Kelly Slater to so radically change his views about sharks?

Or perhaps he did not change his views after all.

In 2014, Kelly was quoted in the Australian media saying in response to Premier Colin Barnett’s plan to kill sharks in Western Australia:

“I think it’s kind of silly. Humans want to control everything. We try to control (beach) erosion, we try to control sharks … we just try to control everything on this earth and it’s just crazy. We kill 100 million sharks a year or something crazy to make (shark fin) soup. We throw them back finless and dying. It’s like we’ve lost all feeling for other creatures on some level and I think that’s kind of sad. If I got eaten by a shark, I’d be honoured.”

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  1. Nov 25, 2016 - Holiday 20% Off Cyber Sale
  2. Nov 17, 2016 - On Giving Tuesday We Need You...
  3. Oct 14, 2016 - Sea Shepherd announces matching gift challenge to save the vaquita porpoise
  4. Jul 07, 2016 - Mike Galesi and the Big G Charitable Foundation Issues Matching Gift Challenge to Sea Shepherd Supporters!
  5. Apr 20, 2016 - Sea Shepherd joins with marine scientists to study the effects of microplastics on whales in the Gulf of California.
  6. Apr 05, 2016 - 'Survivorman' Joins Sea Shepherd for Operation Milagro
  7. Apr 04, 2016 - SeaWorld Has Found Their Judas
  8. Mar 10, 2016 - An Open Letter to Tilikum
  9. Feb 15, 2016 - Making the Difference for the Vaquita
  10. Jan 26, 2016 - Greenpeace Has Gone Over to the Dark Side With Their Endorsement For the Sealing Industry
  11. Dec 17, 2015 - Welcoming Pamela Anderson
  12. Dec 11, 2015 - "Sniffing” Out Wildlife Crime in Galapagos
  13. Dec 10, 2015 - Opposing the Japanese Pirate Whalers in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
  14. Nov 10, 2015 - Behind the Green Mask
  15. Oct 27, 2015 - Polluting the English Language to Justify Slaughter and Destruction
  16. Oct 14, 2015 - Message to the Crews of the Bob Barker and the Sam Simon
  17. Oct 12, 2015 - Orca Dies at Marineland Antibes
  18. Oct 09, 2015 - SeaWorld Shareholders are Dreaming if They Think Their Fortunes Will Rise – They Won't
  19. Oct 06, 2015 - The Campaign to Oppose the Cruel and Illegal Slaughter of Pilot Whales and Dolphins is Over for 2015
  20. Sep 29, 2015 - If the Ocean Dies, We All Die!
  21. Sep 28, 2015 - Sea Shepherd Offers $10,000 Reward for Walrus Poachers
  22. Sep 17, 2015 - The Fish in the Ocean Must Be Declared Taboo
  23. Sep 14, 2015 - The Wonder of Bones. The Tale of a Whale.
  24. Sep 09, 2015 - Grind Conference to be Held in Denmark
  25. Aug 28, 2015 - Well I'll Be, We Have Ourselves a Bona Fide Blockade
  26. Aug 28, 2015 - A Challenge to the Whalers of the Faroe Islands
  27. Aug 25, 2015 - Stop the Voyages to Hell
  28. Aug 24, 2015 - Q & A on the Faroese Whaling Info Site
  29. Aug 21, 2015 - A Few Flagrantly Foolish Faroese Farcical Facts and Crafty Contradictions
  30. Aug 20, 2015 - Fly the Bloody Skies with Atlantic Airways
  31. Aug 18, 2015 - Danish Duplicity and Complicity in the Slaughter of Pilot Whales and Dolphins
  32. Aug 17, 2015 - Where’s the Meat?
  33. Aug 07, 2015 - 'If You Call What We Did a Crime, We Demand to Serve Our Time'
  34. Aug 03, 2015 - Penguins on the Equator! A Species Unique Under the Sun
  35. Jul 31, 2015 - The Danish Giraffe Killer Applauds the American Lion Killer
  36. Jul 27, 2015 - The Blood of the Whales is Indeed on Danish Hands
  37. Jul 24, 2015 - The Murder of the Whales, Courtesy of the Royal Danish Navy
  38. Jul 22, 2015 - National Cultures of Pain and Blood
  39. Jul 17, 2015 - Dispatches from Camp Pacuare
  40. Jul 01, 2015 - Reward Offered for Two Turtle Terrorists
  41. Jun 30, 2015 - The Bloody Horror of the Ferocious Isles
  42. Jun 29, 2015 - Pilot Whales Dead at the Hands of Vicious Thugs
  43. Jun 29, 2015 - An Egregious Mass Murder in the Faroes Islands This Morning
  44. Jun 23, 2015 - Enduring the Unendurable. Suffering the Insufferable.
  45. Jun 12, 2015 - Weathering The Storm
  46. Jun 07, 2015 - Murder Most Foul in the Faroes
  47. Jun 05, 2015 - As the First Leg of Operation Milagro Concludes, the Martin Sheen Sails On
  48. Jun 04, 2015 - Could the U.S. Military Be Buying Dolphins from the Cruel Taiji Dolphin Drive?
  49. Jun 01, 2015 - 17 ways the Canadian government is helping to kill off our wild salmon
  50. May 20, 2015 - An Amazingly Wonderful Development for the Dolphins of Taiji
  51. May 19, 2015 - Sea Shepherd – When the Services of Good Pirates are Required
  52. May 14, 2015 - There May be Hope for Japanese Dolphins Soon
  53. May 14, 2015 - We Want to Save the Whales But Not in the Way You Want to Save the Whales
  54. May 07, 2015 - Off to Court We Go – Again!
  55. Apr 28, 2015 - My Message to the Government of Costa Rica: Enough is Enough
  56. Apr 23, 2015 - Wonderful News from WAZA
  57. Apr 13, 2015 - The Strategy Behind Sea Shepherd’s Opposition to the Canadian Seal Slaughter
  58. Apr 13, 2015 - Is Antarctic Whaling Over?
  59. Apr 07, 2015 - Another Impossible Mission Made Possible by Sea Shepherd
  60. Apr 06, 2015 - THE THUNDER HAS SUNK!
  61. Apr 06, 2015 - Sea Shepherd Boards the Thunder
  62. Apr 03, 2015 - Very Few Virtues in the VICE Coverage of the Grind
  63. Apr 03, 2015 - The Dilemma of Toxic Cultures on a Toxic Planet
  64. Apr 01, 2015 - Thailand Must Confiscate the Kunlun and its Cargo
  65. Mar 31, 2015 - Nationalism is Simply a Mask for Abstract Collective Guilt
  66. Mar 30, 2015 - Operation Icefish Update: Day 103
  67. Mar 20, 2015 - 108 Days at Sea: Operation Icefish Update
  68. Mar 11, 2015 - Makah Whaling – Whales Must Be Protected in U.S. Waters
  69. Mar 06, 2015 - Marina Harbor Anchorage Kindly Offers All Sea Shepherd Vessels Free Berth
  70. Mar 05, 2015 - 78 Days of Pursuit: Operation Icefish Update
  71. Mar 04, 2015 - Court Victory for the Bluefin Tuna and Sea Shepherd
  72. Feb 27, 2015 - The Aussies Came, They Saw, They Did Nothing!
  73. Feb 13, 2015 - More Shark Attacks? We Have Only Ourselves to Blame
  74. Feb 03, 2015 - The Sam Simon Engages the Poachers Yongding and Kunlun
  75. Feb 03, 2015 - Hunting the Ghost Fleets
  76. Jan 28, 2015 - Sea Shepherd is Free to Return to the Faroe Islands in 2015
  77. Jan 20, 2015 - The “Likes of Sea Shepherd” Succeed Where the Navy Fails
  78. Jan 13, 2015 - Waltzing with the Academic Critics of Tasmania
  79. Jan 09, 2015 - Sharks Don’t Kill People. People Who Kill Sharks Kill People.
  80. Jan 07, 2015 - If I Were CEO of SeaWorld
  81. Dec 23, 2014 - How Much is a Whale’s Life Worth?
  82. Dec 05, 2014 - The Cape Cod Blackfisheries and a Comparison with the Faroese Grind
  83. Nov 24, 2014 - Passion and Patience in the Town Without Pity
  84. Nov 07, 2014 - Defending Pacuare’s Sea Turtles Helps the Community
  85. Nov 06, 2014 - They Slaughter Dolphins, Don’t They?
  86. Nov 05, 2014 - Shearwaters - Poacher to Savior
  87. Nov 01, 2014 - The IRS Fail In Their Secret Service To Japan
  88. Oct 30, 2014 - Meet the Crew - Operation Pacuare’s Brett Bradley
  89. Oct 08, 2014 - Cabo Verde – Raso Island
  90. Oct 01, 2014 - The Gauntlet of Praia de Achados
  91. Sep 26, 2014 - The Other Slaughter in the Faroe Islands: the Mass Bird Killings
  92. Sep 11, 2014 - The Loggerheads of Santa Luzia
  93. Aug 31, 2014 - The Day After the Slaughter
  94. Aug 28, 2014 - Woe to the Poor Whales that Get Stranded on a Beach in the Ferocious Isles
  95. Aug 27, 2014 - Playing Fair with the Faroese
  96. Aug 22, 2014 - Captain Paul Watson Responds to a Pro-whaling Faroese Editorial
  97. Aug 19, 2014 - The Faroe Islands Support Commercial Whaling
  98. Aug 12, 2014 - Close Call for Pilot Whale Pod in the Suderoy
  99. Jul 31, 2014 - Brigitte Bardot and the Cape Verde Shearwaters
  100. Jul 25, 2014 - Opposing the Horrific Depravity of Senseless Slaughter in the Faroe Islands
  101. Jul 16, 2014 - Are you Listening, Rex Tillerson?
  102. Jul 15, 2014 - The Asahi Shimbun on Taiji with a Point-by-Point Rebuttal by Captain Paul Watson
  103. Jul 07, 2014 - Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands
  104. Jul 01, 2014 - Sea Shepherd Summit 2014
  105. Jun 27, 2014 - Why Are Whales and Dolphins Killed in the Faroe Islands?
  106. May 31, 2014 - Emperor’s Dish, or the Emperor’s New Clothes?
  107. May 29, 2014 - Standing Guard Over Plemmirio
  108. May 19, 2014 - Sea Shepherd Galapagos Wildlife-Sniffing K9 Officers Bosco, Cristina, Kevin and Nico Retire
  109. May 15, 2014 - Oregon Officials Execute Fifteen Sea Lions at the Bonneville Dam
  110. May 09, 2014 - Pills of Extinction
  111. May 07, 2014 - Farley Mowat – The Most Significantly Awesome Man I Have Ever Known
  112. May 06, 2014 - “V”
  113. Apr 17, 2014 - Japan’s Northwest Pacific “not-for-purposes-of-scientific-research” Whale Killing Program Could Start Later This Month
  114. Apr 08, 2014 - Halal Whale Meat: The Latest Trickery of the Demonic Whaling Industry
  115. Apr 08, 2014 - The Jolly Roger Flying Proudly in Asia...
  116. Apr 07, 2014 - The Disgusting Truth Behind the Decline of Salmon in the Columbia River
  117. Apr 04, 2014 - A New Chapter in Whale Conservation?
  118. Apr 02, 2014 - The Outlaws May Return to the Southern Ocean Despite the ICJ Verdict
  119. Apr 02, 2014 - The ICJ Verdict Was a Collective Effort
  120. Apr 02, 2014 - For Sea Shepherd - A Vindication
  121. Mar 19, 2014 - Please Don’t Sign and Share the Georgia Aquarium’s Petition
  122. Mar 14, 2014 - It’s a GLOBAL Shark Crisis
  123. Mar 09, 2014 - Do Not Be Manipulated by SeaWorld
  124. Mar 07, 2014 - Commentary: Captain Paul Watson on Bindi Irwin and SeaWorld
  125. Mar 06, 2014 - Links Between the Murderers in Taiji and the Faroe Islands
  126. Feb 21, 2014 - A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Taiji
  127. Feb 19, 2014 - Life on the Front Lines
  128. Feb 18, 2014 - Pandora Should Be the Last Octopus at the National Zoo
  129. Feb 09, 2014 - What Boycott?
  130. Jan 28, 2014 - Operation Infinite Patience
  131. Jan 19, 2014 - We Must Save Shoujo, the Baby Albino Dolphin.
  132. Jan 10, 2014 - Sea Shepherd’s Proposal to Southwest Airlines
  133. Dec 23, 2013 - Unlimited Slaughter, Criminal Intent: A small history of Japanese Antarctic whaling
  134. Nov 27, 2013 - Taiji and the Drive to Extinction
  135. Nov 21, 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat
  136. Nov 12, 2013 - SeaWorld vs. OSHA: No Matter Who Wins, the Whales Lose
  137. Oct 14, 2013 - SeaWorld & co, WAZA and IMATA and Their Collaboration with the Dolphin Slaughter in Japan
  138. Sep 30, 2013 - New Zealand Marine Wildlife Under Threat - Part 1: Maui’s Dolphin
  139. Sep 29, 2013 - Dolphin Trainer Group Makes Laughable Attempt to Justify the Unjustifiable
  140. Sep 06, 2013 - We Stand for the Dolphins, First, Foremost and Forever.
  141. Sep 02, 2013 - The Cove Guardians and the Sea Shepherd Policy of Gaiatsu
  142. Aug 28, 2013 - And the Bloodlust Continues in the Faroe Islands...
  143. Aug 21, 2013 - Brutal Death and Suffering; Business as Usual in The Faroe Islands
  144. Aug 19, 2013 - Help Save the Réunion Sharks — Sign the Petition
  145. Aug 08, 2013 - As the Oceans Choke on Plastic so do the Whales
  146. Jul 26, 2013 - Requiem for the Sharks of La Reunion Island?
  147. Jul 12, 2013 - More About Scientific Whaling...
  148. Jul 11, 2013 - Week Three in The Hague
  149. Jul 09, 2013 - My Thoughts - Australia v. Japan ‘Scientific Whaling’ Case in the International Court of Justice
  150. Jul 02, 2013 - Reflecting on the Opening Arguments of Whaling in the Antarctic
  151. Jun 18, 2013 - The Japanese Industrialization of Ocean Destruction
  152. May 28, 2013 - Iceland to Resume the Slaughter of Endangered Fin Whales
  153. May 23, 2013 - Florida’s Manatees are Dying in Record Numbers
  154. May 19, 2013 - Paddling For The Oceans
  155. Apr 16, 2013 - Krill Fisheries, the Next Collapse?
  156. Mar 27, 2013 - The Truth Behind All the Smoke and Mirrors
  157. Mar 20, 2013 - The Damn Shame of the Bonneville Dam
  158. Mar 18, 2013 - CITES – Victory of Good Over Evil
  159. Mar 15, 2013 - The Damn Hunger Games on the Columbia River
  160. Mar 15, 2013 - CITES 101 and the Year of the Sharks?
  161. Mar 04, 2013 - The “Illegal” Baby Killers
  162. Feb 20, 2013 - I Am Proud to Wear Sea Shepherd Garb
  163. Jan 24, 2013 - Take Direct Action By Organizing a Local Beach Clean-Up
  164. Jan 18, 2013 - Be a Voice for the Dolphins
  165. Jan 09, 2013 - What I Learned the Day a Dying Whale Spared My Life
  166. Jan 09, 2013 - Vote Rigging In CITES?
  167. Jan 03, 2013 - Sharks on the Roof
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