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
Operation Divine Wind Results
Operation Divine Wind Dates
Steve Irwin: December 16, 2011 - March 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
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!
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. ...read more
The 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. ...read more
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. ...read more
Sea 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. ...read more
Sea 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. ...read more