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2011-2012 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign

8th expedition to oppose the illegal activities of the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean

768 Whales SAVED
          …Swimming Free in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary

During the past eight campaigns, we have saved the lives of over 3,600 whales and exposed illegal Japanese whaling activities to the entire world. This season, we were able to save more whales than the Japanese whalers were able to kill. Seven hundred and sixty-eight (768) whales are alive and swimming in the sea because you enabled us to intervene by supporting our ships and crews.

A Thank You from Captain Paul Watson

Operation Divine Wind Results

Operation Divine Wind Dates

Steve Irwin: December 16, 2011 - March 6, 2012
Bob Barker: December 16, 2011 - March 14, 2012
Brigitte Bardot: December 21, 2011 - January 6, 2012

By the Numbers:

17,000 = Number of miles that Sea Shepherd chased the whaling fleet

At any one time, 2 to 3 Japanese ships were pulled out of the hunt in order to chase Sea Shepherd vessels

3 = Number of months we chased the Japanese whaling fleet
2 = Number of weeks we cut their whaling season short

ICR quota for the whaling fleet

935 Minkes
50 Fin
50 Humpback
Total - 1,035 whales

Actual whales killed

266 Minkes
1 Fin (Endangered)
0 Humpback
Total - 267 = 26% of quota

768 = Number of whales saved


The Japanese Whaling Fleet needed to make 80% of their quota just to break even. 80% would have been 828 whales.

Our goal is to sink the Japanese Whaling Fleet economically. To date, the ICR is about $200 million in debt.  If the whaling fleet returns next year, Sea Shepherd will be ready.

With your support, we hope to lower the kill number to 0!  Please help us in this effort!



Please help us in this effort!


Meest recente nieuws

The Whalers Head Home!The Whalers Head Home! Operation Divine Wind is Over! - The Japanese whaling fleet has left the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and they are heading home. “Once Captain Peter Hammerstedt and his crew on the Bob Barker closed in on the Nisshin Maru on March 5th, the whaling season was effectively over,” said Captain Paul Watson. more

The Night Attack of the YushinsThe Night Attack of the Yushins - As the Bob Barker was closing in on the fleeing Nisshin Maru, the floating Japanese abattoir illegally hunting whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, two harpoon vessels Yushin Maru No. 2 and Yushin Maru No. 3, turned and headed straight for the Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker, which was under the command of Swedish captain Peter Hammarstedt. more

Eureka! The Whaling Fleet Has Been Found and Shut Down!Eureka! The Whaling Fleet Has Been Found and Shut Down! - Captain Paul Watson received a Sat phone call from Captain Peter Hammarstedt, on the Bob Barker, at 2200 Hours (AEST) on March 5th. “Eureka, Paul, we have the Nisshin Maru in our sights!” Despite the three harpoon vessels deployed to intercept the Bob Barker, Captain Hammarstedt slipped through their web. more

Sea Shepherd Ploy Leaves Two Frustrated Japanese Whaling Captains Looking Silly at SeaSea Shepherd Ploy Leaves Two Frustrated Japanese Whaling Captains Looking Silly at Sea - Since February 22nd, The Sea Shepherd ship, Steve Irwin, has led a Japanese harpoon vessel and the Japanese whaling fleet security vessel on a merry wild goose chase away from the Japanese whaling fleet. more

Sea Shepherd Moves Refueling Operation to Auckland IslandSea Shepherd Moves Refueling Operation to Auckland Island - Despite being ordered to stay out of Australian territorial waters, the two Japanese vessels have not only entered the 200 mile Economic Exclusion Zone, where they have been prohibited, but have also come within twelve miles of Macquarie Island. more

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