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Acting Locally to Protect the Oceans

Friday, September 21, 2012

By Julie Andersen

This trip has been primarily one of outreach and education (for all of us), though we have managed to get into the water now and then. It would be a crime to come to one of the world’s most beautiful reef systems and not spend some time appreciating the splendor. One of the most stunning places I have ever dove is an area called Namena in Fiji. I remember first diving it 5 years ago and being absolutely blown away.  Sadly, it isn’t often when you revisit a dive site that  you dove years ago and it is as pristin ... Read More

Spreading a Message of Hope

Friday, September 21, 2012

By Seru Saumakidonu

Being a volunteer for the past 5 years has really taught me a lot and opened up my mind. From sailing traditionally on our vaka, Uto Ni Yalo, to joining the Sea Shepherd crew on the Brigitte Bardot, which is a dream come true. We are like-minded for sure. I have been involved with our locally managed marine reserve in my village for the past 5 years and to have the opportunity to share this experience with Sea Shepherd and the people of Vanuatu is something that I always wanted to do. Discussing the importance of marine protected are ... Read More

Sea Shepherd Takes Tongan Kids To Meet Their First Whales

Friday, September 14, 2012

By Sarah Fisk

Whale watching in the Kingdom of Tonga- a dream of ocean lovers around the world. For those of us lucky enough to come here to snorkel with Humpback whales, it is a life changing experience. There is nothing quite like floating on the surface of the sea looking down through your mask at nothing but shifting, flowing blue-green infinity all around. Then having a creature the size of a bus enter your field of vision and move by, rolling their massive body so as to look you in the eye with intelligence and curiosity. It is even more am ... Read More

Observations From a Long liner

Thursday, September 13, 2012

By Julie Andersen, Campaign Leader

The last place in the world I thought I’d be is standing in a huge blast-freezing morgue with one eye on the door to ensure I didn’t meet a similar untimely demise, counting the number of blue shark carcasses deep in the hull of a long liner in the middle South Pacific, hundreds of miles from shore. But here I was… “Long liner ahead!” Up until now, we’d only boarded purse seiners – so I’ve been looking forward to hearing those words. To me, long liners meant sharks – and probab ... Read More

Life at Sea

Thursday, September 13, 2012

By Julie Andersen

Though I have been working with Sea Shepherd since 2007, this is only my second campaign with Sea Shepherd and my first at sea. Even for someone who spends a lot of her life on or in the water, it has taken some getting used to! The MV Brigitte Bardot is a very compact ship – particularly for 11 people, usually the crew is 8. With a few necessary additions for this campaign, we’ve expanded and are definitely pushing the limits of space and comfort. But then again, who joins a Sea Shepherd campaign to be comfortable? I&r ... Read More

Boiling Point - The Phoenix Islands

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

By Simon Ager

East of the island of Rawaki, the waters boiled, thousands upon thousands of silver shards breaking the surface, thrashing, swimming frantically for their lives, the tiny baitfish didn’t stand a chance against the skipjack and yellow fin tuna that were chasing them down. Hundreds of birds circled above swooping in for an easy feed. An amazing spectacle to watch, free diving on the amazing show that ripped though the deep blue, only to surface and have frigate and boobie birds dive bombing right over your head plucking the tiny ... Read More

En Route to Phoenix Islands

Friday, September 07, 2012

By Chili Derez

Samoa offered a chance for us to pick up supplies, fuel, and a Maritime Police Enforcement Officer for the next leg of the campaign. The plan is to head to Kiribati, under government request and patrol for illegal fishing vessels that may be taking shark by-catch. I say maybe but we all know they are, the question is how much? First thing we need is fuel. We picked up our anchor and started moving, much to the delight of the long-line fishing fleet we were sharing the harbor with. We passed their boats to crew whistling at us and wav ... Read More

Enforcement on the High Seas

Friday, September 07, 2012

By Julie Andersen, Campaign Leader

In the last several years as a conservationist, I’ve been involved with many different aspects of conservation – from media to outreach to undercover investigations – working on both the demand and the supply side of the shark fin trade. The last few days were a new milestone, as I got my first real taste of official enforcement.  As educational as it was exhilarating, I have now had the experience of boarding “factory fishing” boats as well as participating in law enforcement on the high seas. The ... Read More

There’s no shark issue in Tonga…

Friday, August 31, 2012

By Julie Andersen

Well, at least that is what we were told and what we were able to surmise from an extensive amount of research we did prior to our arrival. The next stop for Operation Requiem was Tonga, where we’d regroup as a team, exchange stories from the Bardot’s time in Vanuatu and our time in Fiji, and celebrate the some of the animals we work so hard to protect: humpback whales. We headed to Tonga with much enthusiasm, thanks to the official invitations from the government, a welcoming ceremony at the airport and several meeting ... Read More

State of Grace

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

By Simon Ager

I have defended whales from the Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary, and am now visiting the humpback play and mating grounds of Tonga, where boisterous males brawl for a female companion, mothers with calves and curious juveniles swim freely and in peace. Sea Shepherd crewmembers were invited aboard the licensed whale watching vessel, Nai’a, for several days to experience the majesty of the humpbacks in recognition of our hard work over the last 35 years defending these very whales. Eight a.m. the next mo ... Read More

Aug 14, 2012 - Beware of Squalls
Jul 28, 2012 - Tabu!
Jul 20, 2012 - Surprises from the Deep
Jul 18, 2012 - Imagining Pirates
Jul 17, 2012 - I Love the Light
Jul 05, 2012 - Operation Requiem Begins