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The Whales' Navy

In Defense of Whales Worldwide

In 1986, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) enacted a moratorium on all commercial whaling. Since then, three nations - Iceland, Norway, and Japan - have brutally slaughtered over 25,000 whales under the guise of scientific research and for commercial purposes. The IWC does not have the capacity to enforce the moratorium. Sea Shepherd, guided by the United Nations World Charter for Nature, is the only organization whose mission is to enforce these international conservation regulations on the high seas.

Highlights from our past three decades include:

whales_home_01b_Nisshin_2_by_Geddenspacer_blackRamming and disabling the notorious pirate whaler, the Sierra
spacer_blackShutting down half of the Spanish whaling fleet
spacer_blackDocumentation of whaling activities in the Faeroe Islands chronicled
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spacer_blackScuttling half of the Icelandic whaling fleet and whale processing station
spacer_blackScuttling of the Norwegian whaling vessels Nybraena and Senet
spacer_blackConfronting and opposing Japan's illegal whaling in Antarctica

Sea Shepherd has gone on to end the careers of 9 illegal whaling vessels, saving thousands of whales. These campaigns and other Sea Shepherd efforts have kept the issue of whaling in the international spotlight for the past thirty years.


Support Sea Shepherds unique efforts to safeguard whales around the world

Sea Shepherd's mission is to end the destruction of habitat and the slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

bottom row credit Bob Talbot