Seal Defense 2008

Seal Defense Campaign 2008
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Check out the latest reports from Captain Paul Watson and the crew from onboard the Farley Mowat during the Seal Defense Campaign.


Sunday, April 6, 2008

by David Nickarz

Sunday, April 6, 2008 by David Nickarz On Board the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat The minister of fisheries is a liar.  He claims that we have endangered the lives of sealers by coming too close to them, breaking ice under their feet and turning our water cannons on them.  This is all a complete fabrication.  Not only is it a lie, but there is no evidence to back it up.  On the other hand, we have video evidence of the coast guard ramming us, putting our lives in danger.  We have video evidence of seals ... Read More


Friday, April 4, 2008

by David Nickarz

Friday, April 4, 2008 by David Nickarz On Board the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat I was in the engine room working on a broken fan when Danny came down to tell me something.  "There's a guy with an axe on the dock threatening to cut our mooring lines," he said with a grin on his face.  I came up on deck to a dozen angry men, a few of which who were shouting in French at us.  One of smaller guys was waving an axe around telling us to leave.  "You're not welcome here, get the f--k out," he said with a French ac ... Read More


Friday, April 4, 2008

by Greg Hager

April 4, 2008 by Greg HagerOn Board the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat As a deck hand, my duties are to maintain the ship. Yesterday’s project was to repair the gangplank, it took us most of the day reinforcing the Galapagos wood, yet the final outcome was well worth the effort. Near the end of the day I was asked to cover a bridge watch 8am to 12pm. It would be an earlier morning for me, but I accepted. My morning started at 7:50am, I relieved Simeon from his four to eight watch. All I have to do is make sure that no unauth ... Read More


Sunday, March 30, 2008

by Peter Hammarstedt (1st Officer)

March 30, 2008 by Peter Hammarstedt (1st Officer)On Board the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat It's been three years since I was grabbed by the nape of my neck, kicked behind the knee, and thrown to the ice by a Department of Fisheries and Oceans officer desperate to keep footage of the seal hunt from reaching the mass media. With my face firmly pressed against the cold hard ice, the government thug twisted one arm behind my back, bent my wrist at ninety degrees and thrust his knee into my back. I yelled out in pain. Between bursts o ... Read More


Sunday, March 30, 2008

by Captain Alex Cornelissen

March 30, 2008 by Captain Alex CornelissenOn Board the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat As we approached Cabot Strait on the evening of the 29th I picked up a transmission from the Canadian coastguard. They were hailing one of the sealing vessels and gave their coordinates. I couldn't believe our luck, we normally have to look for the sealers and now we were given all the info we needed by the very people who have no trouble endangering our lives in protecting the vicious seal killers. At daybreak we were in position and were able t ... Read More


Saturday, March 29, 2008

by Merryn Redenbach

March 29, 2008 by Merryn RedenbachOn Board the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat Everyone on board was shocked today to hear the news that four Canadian sealers died last night when their boat got into trouble in the ice. Apparently the coast guard tried to help but the boat capsized and four people lost their lives. The tragedy highlights what an extreme environment this is, and how vulnerable all of us are to the forces of nature; experienced sailors like the sealers in their wooden boats and us, a mainly volunteer crew, who have c ... Read More


Thursday, March 27, 2008

by Captain Alex Cornelissen

March 27, 2008 by Captain Alex CornelissenOn Board the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat somewhere between Bermuda and the killing fields It has been 3 years since I last witnessed the massacre of baby harp seals, the so-called seal "hunt". Not a day has gone by in which I haven't thought of the horrific, senseless and brutal killing that takes place on the pristine white ice floes in Northeastern Canada. Not a day has gone by in which I haven't re-lived the overwhelming sadness that comes over you when witnessing these atrocities. No ... Read More


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

by David Nickarz

Wednesday, March 26, 2008 by David Nickarz On Board the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat Three days out of Bermuda and the weather has suddenly turned cold.  We saw some rough weather the second night out.  Much of the crew, including myself have battled sea sickness.  Being sea sick makes you question everything about being a sailor.  You just want to go sit under a tree somewhere and never go to sea again.  I'm happy to report that I'm all better now, and ready to hit the ice.  I've been both l ... Read More


 

 
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