On the 16th of February 2017, the M/V Sam Simon spotted a dead whale on the horizon. The animal, which appeared to be entangled in gillnets, was in waters too shallow for the Sam Simon to approach. PROFEPA, the Mexican environment law enforcement, was notified immediately. It had already identified the animal as a female Bryde's whale, about 12 m long and 12 tons, under special protection according to the Mexican law NOM-059-SEMARNAT-2010. The Whale was caught in an illegal gill net used to catch the totoaba fish, located in the Reserve of the Upper Gulf of the Colorado, 30 km North of San Felipe.
On February 11th, three days before the international World Love For Dolphin’s Day, Sea Shepherd discovered 14 dolphin corpses floating between the M/V Sam Simon and The M/V Farley Mowat in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez. At least two of them showed signs of a violent death, with net marks on their bodies, stab wounds or fins crudely cut off in order for the fisherman to remove them quickly from their nets.
In the last month alone, the Sam Simon has retrieved 22 illegal nets in the Sea of Cortez. These dangerous nets entangle various marine life, which likely included some, if not all, of the 14 dead dolphins that Sea Shepherd found. When a situation like this occurs, Sea Shepherd notifies Mexico’s environmental protection agency, PROFEPA who uses this data to understand the devastating effect of illegal fishing on wildlife in this area.
On February 5th, 2017 the M/V Sam Simon came across 16 totoaba carcasses in the Gulf of California waters, in the Baha San Felipe area.
All 16 totoaba had their bladders removed or partially removed.
Prized for its swim bladder, illegal fisherman and the Mexican criminal cartels target this endangered fish just to export its swim bladder for sale on the black market in China and Hong Kong for unsubstantiated medicinal properties. There it can fetch in excess of $20,000 per kilo.
Join Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Supporters Worldwide for World Love for Dolphins Day on February 14, 2017
Demonstrations against the global captive dolphin trade responsible for Taiji’s brutal dolphin hunts to take place worldwide.
As another season of dolphin slaughter draws to a close, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is calling on volunteers, supporters and concerned individuals around the world to join with us and our Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians as we show our love for dolphins and call for an end to the captive dolphin trade that funds the slaughter of cetaceans in Taiji’s infamous cove.
First Campaign Will Be to Protect Sharks Off the Coast of Central America
The ship becomes the first ever to be christened with a bottle of Tequila Patrón
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, the direct-action marine conservation best known for the Animal Planet TV series, Whale Wars and Ocean Warriors, unveiled its newest vessel, the M/V John Paul DeJoria, Tuesday at EPIC Marina in Miami, Fla.
The vessel is named after longtime supporter and co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems salon products.
Ceremonies began the morning of January 31st with a press conference aboard the new ship with speeches by Sea Shepherd Founder and President Captain Paul Watson and DeJoria. It was followed by a classic naval ceremony of breaking a bottle over the bow to invite good luck. Instead of the traditional champagne, however, a bottle of tequila from the DeJoria-owned Patrón Spirits Co. was used for the time-honored commemoration. When DeJoria broke it against the anchor, the M/V John Paul DeJoria officially became the first ship in history to be christened with a bottle of Patrón tequila.