As reported, the Sea Shepherd organization is now busy trying to keep Japanese poachers away from the whales swimming in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
Recent news on this topic says that this group of environmentalists has managed to intercept the Japanese vessels before their getting the chance to fire a single harpoon.
The people working with the Sea Shepherd organization explain that, this year, they are determined to send the Japanese whalers back on their way empty-handed, and that they will make sure that no marine mammal inhabiting these waters will be killed by these poachers.
Global Animal quotes co-campaign leader Bob Brown, who commented on the news that his organization managed to intercept the Japanese whalers just in time to prevent any killing as follows:
“It is likely that we have intercepted these whale poachers before a single harpoon has been fired. Whale lovers of Australia and around the world will be elated that Sea Shepherd is down there, but still appalled that the whaling fleet is in the Whale Sanctuary.”
On the other hand, Captain Peter Hammarstedt wished to draw attention to the fact that, “From past experiences, we know that the harpoon ships are never far from the factory ship, meaning that the floating slaughterhouse, the Nisshin Maru, must be close by.”
For the time being, Sea Shepherd intends to keep monitoring these waters and be on the lookout for any attempts to hunt down and kill whales.
Just for the record, Sea Shepherd's fleet is made up of 4 vessels, and the overall headcount for crew members rises to over 100.
Because of this, the organization is fairly confident that it will succeed in keeping the Japanese poachers away from the whales living in this animal sanctuary.
“We will not tolerate a single whale death inside the established whale sanctuary by these poachers,” states co-campaign leader Jeff Hansen.