As the Japanese whaling fleet ended their season early this year, managing to fulfill only 15% of their designated quota, Captain Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd took time to thank all of the supporters around the world.
In a video message from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, scene of many clashes between Watson’s crew and the hunters, Watson celebrated the Japanese ships return to port and acknowledged all the support Sea Shepherd has received, making this victory possible.
On the Sea Shepherd website, Watson said:
This week, we drove the entire Japanese whaling fleet from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. They are on their way home!Promising to return to the Southern Ocean each and every year that the safety of the whales is in jeopardy, as well as continuing to fight for the survival of all sea creatures whose lives are threatened, Watson concluded by saying:
But we did not do it alone. We did it with you! Sea Shepherd is more than the ships and crew that operate them.
We are all Shepherds of the Sea and those who are not should be, because the stark reality is that if our oceans die, we die! Together we fight not just for the whales, sharks, seals, sea-birds, turtles, and fish, together we fight for our own survival.To read Watson's "Thank You" message in full or to make a donation to the organization, visit SeaShepherd.org.
Together we are a force for good, a force for change, a force for ecological sanity, and a force to be reckoned with!
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