Operation Ragnarök:
Defending the Whales of Iceland

Sea Shepherd Iceland Whale Defense Campaign 2007 Blog

July 2, 2007

Monday, July 02, 2007

Peter Hammarstedt First Officer, R/V Farley Mowat

Three sealed canisters of motor oil ran perpendicular to the bow keeping a 50-mile monofilament line afloat. Every fifty meters another deadly hook lay submerged to pierce the soft flesh of another living being, baited with the shredded remains of a once breathing, moving, feeling squid. "A nuclear warhead of the sea" as I've had them explained to me once, where "by-catch," the industrial fishing term for collateral damage, is another word for dead seals, dolphins, rays, and albatross. Water was breaking in the distance, although A ... Read More

June 15, 2007

Friday, June 15, 2007

Anne Simonis (USA)

Today was a pretty amazing day as far as watches go. Some watches, the most exciting thing that happens is that I leave the bridge to go down to the mess to make a cup of tea or coffee, but today was a different story. About half way through the watch, Pedro called me over to look out over the starboard side of the bow saying that there was an unusual green patch of water. Just as I was walking over to take a look at what he was seeing, a humpback whale surfaced on the side of the bow where the green patch of water had been, and dive ... Read More

June 11, 2007

Monday, June 11, 2007

Sarah McNabb (USA)

hello! The weather has certainly gotten a lot better since I last wrote. The rolling from side to side went on for days and days but finally we have some good weather. Today was beautiful and calm and we're traveling at a good speed. Not long til we get to Galapagos I think..it's finally getting warmer too which is nice so more time on deck! So what exciting things can I report on from the farley mowat this time round? Well, today was a monumental day. My fellow deckhand Simeon and I finished making a new breadbox! Yep! We started  ... Read More

June 5, 2007

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Steve Sikes (USA)

Today was mostly overcast. Cloudy, diffused, slightly-grey light lit up the scene from horizon to horizon. Except where I was at. En route past Henderson Island, five of us took a ride on one of the small boats to the uninhabited island. Cut off from the beach by a reef system, we took turns holding the Zodiac in position while the rest jumped out, swimming. I've had better times, I'm sure, but not too many and I can't recall any lately that beat yesterday. There were big schools of fish swimming above the reef just below the surfac ... Read More

June 2, 2007

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Dan Villa (USA)

somewhere in the Pacfic I finished watch and immediately headed out to the aft deck. It was only 4pm, but the sun was due to set in 15 minutes. From Simeon's newly constructed bench, I watched as small petrels skimmed inches above the mildly choppy waves, barely moving their wings but quickly veering up into the sky, performing a lazy turn, and rushing back down to the surface. Then the first albatross that I'd seen in many days appeared and made the petrels look small and fidgety in comparison. I watched the albatross cut graceful  ... Read More

May 30, 2007

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Dan Villa (USA)

somewhere in the Pacific I'd never seen one before. Pedro hadn't either in all his years at sea. He and Anne saw one the night before. I was too late. But last night at 3am, Ben and I ran up to the bridge and saw it arching across the horizon straight ahead. The moon, to our stern and nearly full, had, with its silvery light, produced a rainbow in the dead of night. I absorbed the beauty of it for a moment and then sprung into action and headed downstairs. There were people to be awoken! There were three for sure who would love it. ... Read More

May 21, 2007

Monday, May 21, 2007

Anne Simonis (USA)

We are barely a week into our latest campaign, and everything here on the Farley is going well. The Tasman Sea is supposed to be one of the roughest stretches of water in the world, however it has been amazingly kind to us thus far. We nicked the edge of some stormy weather a couple of days ago which shook things up on the ship a little bit, but really it's been smooth sailing thus far. I'm working up on the bridge with Pedro eight hours a day. We are responsible for navigation and observation which means that we are on constant loo ... Read More

May 19, 2007

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Sara McNabb (Australia)

Hello everyone!!!!! Sarah here writing from the Farley Mowat somewhere in the Pacific Ocean! So, we've been sailing for three days now and all is going very well. The first two days were amazingly calm with clear blue skies. The water was so glassy and smooth. Perfect sailing weather. Today it's a little rougher with strong winds and a storm on its way but it should be all over in the next 24 hours. It's so good to be out on the open seas again. Away from the smelly city. After the slight delay, the departure from Melbourne was a g ... Read More

May 16, 2007

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

From Captain Cornelissen onboard the Farley Mowat

A great day today, as good as it gets, clear sunny skies and no wind. Seas are smooth and temperature was around 22 C. When passing the islands East in the Bass Strait (Hogan and Kent Group) we saw a lot of wildlife: seals, albatrosses, dolphins. Not much traffic after we passed the islands. Ship is performing beautifully. Speed has been very good, we're averaging 10 knots and even got it up to 11.2 around 14.00. The extra steel seems to have given us a slighter faster recovery rate although I can't really give a good judgement until ... Read More


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