Operation Divine Wind

Whatever & whenever my next endeavor, I intend as Laura Dekker did (new youngest solo circumnavigator) to promote the efforts of SeaSheperd along with Oceana.  Someone needs to do the ocean’s dirty work and the least we can do is support them!  Learn more at:  ‘Operation Divine Wind

…Meanwhile I’m currently enjoying a mid-flight ‘pit-stop’ in Hawaii en-route from Australia to Seattle.  I’m visiting family and preparing for my next adventures before reuniting with my home and war-horse – the S&S 34 “ISIS2” aka “Gitano”!

Below:  Sea Sheperds at work in the Southern Ocean ; )

3680 Whales Saved Since 2005

Operation Divine Wind: 768 whales saved. Of the Minke Whale Kill quota of 935 whales, 266 whales were killed. Of the Fin Whale quota of 50, only 1 was killed. Of the Humpback Whale quota of 50 there were zero kills. I predicted that no more than 300 whales would be killed and that prediction proved to be true. Sea Shepherd chased the Japanese whaling fleet for 17,000 miles and kept two of their three harpoon ships out of the game as we kept the Nisshin Maru constantly running. The Japanese attempt to stop us in the U.S. Court failed. No injuries on either side. Operation Divine Wind has been a major success. Stats

2005 – 2006 Operation Minke
Quota 1,035 (935 Minkes, 50 Fin, 50 Humpback)
Actual Numbers killed 866
Number saved 169

2006 – 2007 Operation Leviathan
Quota 1,035 (935 Minkes, 50 Fin, 50 Humpback)
Actual Numbers killed 511
Number saved 524

2007 – 2008 Operation Migaloo
Quota 1,035 (935 Minkes, 50 Fin, 50 Humpback)
Actual Numbers killed 551
Number saved 484

2008 – 2009 Operation Miyamoto Musashi
Quota 1,035 (935 Minkes, 50 Fin, 50 Humpback)
Actual Numbers killed 681
Number saved 354

2009 – 2010 Operation Waltzing Matilda
Quota 1,035 (935 Minkes, 50 Fin, 50 Humpback)
Actual Numbers killed 507
Number saved 528

2010 – 2011 Operation No Compromise
Quota 1,035 (935 Minkes, 50 Fin, 50 Humpback)
Actual Numbers killed 172
Number saved 863

2011 – 2012 Operation Divine Wind
Quota 1,035 (935 Minkes, 50 Fin, 50 Humpback)
Actual Numbers killed 267
Number saved 768

Total Whales Saved: 3,680

Dear Friend of Sea Shepherd,It’s a day to celebrate! Operation Divine Wind is over and the whaling fleet is heading home early with a fraction of their quota! For eight years we have obstructed the whale killers in the Southern Ocean, and we will continue to obstruct them for another eight years if that is what it takes to end their illegal hunt.As a result of our Antarctic Whale Defense Campaigns, nearly 3,500 whales continue to live and swim freely. This is all the motivation we require to sustain our fight in these remote, hostile, and terribly cold unforgiving seas. We know that all of our efforts and success would not be possible without the incredible dedication and support from people like you all over the world. Please donate today and help us continue our fightto defend the whales and other sea creatures worldwide.
Operation Divine Wind is Over!
The Japanese Whalers are Going Home!
The Japanese whaling fleet has left the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary almost a month early and with an estimated 30% of their quota! Thank-you to everyone who has been a part of this valiant effort.

This has been a tough campaign for us. We have endured the toughest weather we have ever seen in the Southern Ocean, and we suffered the temporary loss of our scout ship, theBrigitte Bardot, but we will not be deterred and we will not stop until whaling ends — the word “sanctuary” actually means something to us.

If the Japanese whalers return next year, we will launch Operation Cetacean Justice with four ships, two helicopters, four drones, and 120 volunteers. (more)

Japanese whale hunt abandoned for second year

Matt Peacock reported this story on Friday, March 9, 2012 18:15:50

MARK COLVIN: For a second year in a row the Japanese whaling fleet has abandoned its Antarctic hunt early.

Anti-whaling Sea Shepherd activists who’ve been shadowing the Japanese are claiming it as a victory.

The whalers are sailing home to Japan with less than a third of their planned quota.

This week the Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, finally located the Japanese whaling factory ship in waters near Antarctica, after a fortnight’s chase around the Southern Ocean.

Matt Peacock reports.

MATT PEACOCK: For the Sea Shepherd activist, Paul Watson, the whaling fleet’s premature pullout is an unambiguous victory and it’s high time the Japanese whalers learnt their lesson

PAUL WATSON: This is the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. What is it about the word “sanctuary” they don’t understand?

You know you do not kill whales in a whale sanctuary.

MATT PEACOCK: The Japanese Fisheries Agency today confirmed that the fleet finished its hunt three days ago, just after Paul Watson’s Sea Shepherd ship, the Bob Barker, had tracked down the factory ship and begun a campaign of harassment to disrupt its work.

The agency says the fleet caught only 266 minke whales out of a maximum quota of 935. That represents less than a third of its potential catch. And that’s despite a major budget increase of about $30 million to boost fleet security, following last year’s campaign by conservationists.

Paul Watson believes that, sooner or later, Japan will realise it’s wasting its money.

PAUL WATSON: I think it’s been a very successful campaign. I predicted they wouldn’t take over 30 per cent and they got 26 per cent so we were right on that one.

We chased them for 17,000 miles and took two of their three harpoon vessels out of the game. So they really didn’t have the opportunity to take that many whales.

MATT PEACOCK: They’ve said they won’t be defeated by your sort of pressure. The more pressure you apply though the more stubborn they’ll be. They’ll be back won’t they?

PAUL WATSON: If we don’t come back they’ll be back anyway. So the thing is is that right from the beginning we felt that the only way to deal with them is to sink them economically, to bankrupt them.

We’ve already done that. They allocated $30 million from the tsunami earthquake relief fund this year to do what they’re doing. I don’t know if they can continue to do that every year. But you know it’s become a glorified welfare scheme and just to satisfy their national pride. How much longer can they afford to do that? I don’t know.

But as long as they’re going into the sanctuary, we will be there to protect the whales in this Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

MATT PEACOCK: That money was to help with extra security for the whaling fleet, as I understood it?

PAUL WATSON: Yeah it didn’t seem to help them very much. It also was used to try and get a law suit against us in the United States which failed, to hire PR (Public Relations) to try and give them a good, you know to present them in the best light. I think that failed.

But security-wise it wasn’t any different to any other year before.

MATT PEACOCK: And you’ll be back?

PAUL WATSON: We’ll be back next year with four ships. We’re going to come with two scout vessels, in the event that we lose one like we did this year that we’ll be prepared.

The scout vessels are the key. They’d hardly taken any whales if we hadn’t have lost our scout vessel. But we’ll be back stronger than ever.

MATT PEACOCK: And how long do you think this can keep up like this?

PAUL WATSON: I’m hoping that this will be the last year but I thought last year would be too. So it’s really a question of how much money is Japan prepared to lose.

MATT PEACOCK: There’s been no comment from the Japanese whalers themselves, although three days ago their institute issued a statement condemning the violent actions taken by Sea Shepherd activists against the “integrity and safety of Japan’s whale research vessels and crews”. And it pledged to continue undaunted what it calls its scientific research.

MARK COLVIN: Matt Peacock.

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