ICR Release: Sea Shepherd Commits Further Criminal Acts At Sea

Captain Paul Watson: If Sea Shepherd has committed a crime then what charges are there to back up this rhetoric? The Japanese whalers have been accusing the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society of crimes since 2002 yet not one Sea Shepherd crewmember or officer has been arrested for any crime in connection with interventions against illegal Japanese whaling activities. It is the Japanese whaling fleet that continues to break international conservation law by unlawfully poaching endangered and protected whales inside the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary.

ICR Release: Sea Shepherd crew aboard the Dutch vessel Steve Irwin have committed further illegal acts at sea yesterday and attempted to entangle the propellers of Japanese research vessels in the Southern Ocean.

Captain Paul Watson: The crew of the Steve Irwin in inflatable boats threatened to entangle the props of Japanese harpoon boats in response to attempts by the Japanese harpoon boats to foul the prop of the Steve Irwin. The Japanese whalers initiated the prop fouling attacks.

ICR Release: This is the second attempt at fouling the propellers of the Japanese vessels in as many days, the Director-General of the Institute of Cetacean Research in Tokyo, Japan, Mr Minoru Morimoto, said today.

Captain Paul Watson: We have the right to defend ourselves from the whalers attempting to prop foul us with their fast vessels with their superior maneuverability.

ICR Release: Sea Shepherd crew members used specially-designed propeller entangling devices to disable the vessels. The protesters also threw bottles of acid at the Japanese vessel, Nisshin Maru, although all of the bottles fell only into the sea.

Captain Paul Watson: There is nothing different between the ropes used to foul our props and the ropes we used to threaten the whalers except that our ropes are thinner. Bottles of rotten butter were tossed from the inflatable boats in response to being pelted with golf balls and chunks of metal. The difference is that the Sea Shepherd crew did not attempt to hit any of the whalers whereas the whalers were targeting and striking our crew. The Steve Irwin crew threw rotten butter. Chemically this can be defined as butyric acid just as orange just is citric acid. The reality is that orange juice and even beer are more acidic than rotten butter. The Japanese whalers try to spin the story to suggest that we are throwing disfiguring corrosive acid like sulfuric acid.

ICR Release: Mr Morimoto said that immediately following the unsuccessful criminal attack on the Nisshin Maru, the Dutch vessel's crew members turned their sights to the Japanese sampling vessel, the Yushin Maru, and several bottles of acid were thrown onto the deck. The Sea Shepherd members then deployed two propeller entangling devices against the Yushin Maru, although both attempts failed. One of the devices was recovered from the ocean by the Japanese crew. The attack from the Dutch vessel began at 1000 hours Japan time (1200hrs AEST; 1400hrs NZDT) yesterday.

Captain Paul Watson: This statement is a distortion of the truth. The Steve Irwin trailed a long mooring line to prevent the harpoon vessels from attacking from the stern. The mooring line was well marked with a buoy so the harpooners could plainly see it. We have film of them trying to fish this line from the water with a grappling hook. Once they did so they began to race ahead with our own line to wrap it around our ship. The Steve Irwin crew upon seeing this cut the line as it went under the Yushin Maru but it did not foul their prop.

ICR Release: The Dutch vessel also launched a projectile attack firing repeatedly what seemed to be signal flares towards the Yushin Maru and the Yushin Maru No. 2. Also, the Sea Shepherd vessel launched another attack aiming to disable the Nisshin Maru's propeller by dragging a hawser (mooring rope) with buoys.

Captain Paul Watson: We fired signal flares over the top of the attacking harpoon boats to warn them away from us because they were coming dangerously close. We never attempted to disable the Nisshin Maru. The Nisshin Maru turned into and attempted to ram the Steve Irwin on three different occasions.

ICR Release: Mr Morimoto said: "I call on all member nations of the IWC to condemn these acts of violence by Sea Shepherd and for countries to close their ports to the Dutch vessel."

Captain Paul Watson: The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society calls on the world's governments to enforce the Antarctic Treaty, the regulations of the International Whaling Commission, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Canberra Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. (CCCAMLR) The Japanese whaling fleet is targeting endangered and protected whales in an established international whale sanctuary in violation of a global moratorium on commercial whaling. Sea Shepherd is not protesting a legal whaling operation; we are intervening against a whale poaching operation. The poaching of whales in this sanctuary is no different than the poaching of elephants in an African national park except that in Africa the poachers are black, poor and action is taken to stop them.

ICR Release: This is the second attempt this season by Sea Shepherd to foul the propellers of the Japanese vessels. The first attempt, made on 2 February, was also unsuccessful and the device used by Sea Shepherd was recovered by the Japanese crew members. Photos of the rope can be seen here: http://www.icrwhale.org/gpandsea-img.htm

Captain Paul Watson: We admit we threatened to foul the harpoon boats that were attempting to foul the prop of the Steve Irwin. We view it as self defense

ICR Release: Captain John Carroll, the federal master of the Company of Master Mariners of Australia, said Sea Shepherd's stated aim of dragging a hawser under the Japanese ship to disable its propellers could rip the drive shafts from the ship and leave a gaping hole under its waterline. "There is always a weak point built into a ship's drive shafts for safety reasons and you can actually pull the propeller shaft, or shafts, right off," Captain Carroll said. "If that happened, it is probable the ship would sink." (The Australian newspaper, 11 January 2006)

Captain Paul Watson: With respect Captain Carroll has no idea what Sea Shepherd's state aim was since we did not issue any such stated aim saying we were trying to befoul the props of the whaling ships. I wonder what Captain Carroll's consulting fee from the Japanese whaling industry was?

ICR Release: Article VIII of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling (ICRW), explicitly provides that member countries may issue permits for scientific research. Research on Antarctic whale resources is important because the ICRW requires that the IWC's regulations must be based on scientific findings.

Captain Paul Watson: The IWC does not approve of the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and Japan is not fooling anyone with their charade of scientific whaling. Remove the profits from whaling and the so called "scientific" whaling program will come to a halt. Aside from the bogus science, the whaling program is violating numerous treaties as stated before. There has been no exemption given to Japan to violate CITES, CCCAMLR, or the Antarctic Treaty.

The Japanese slaughter of endangered and protected whales in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary is illegal under international conservation law.

Sea Shepherd
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.