Sea Shepherd renames the fast interceptor Gojira to Brigitte Bardot

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Related: 'Whale Wars' season 4 trailer and episode guide; premiers June 3

This year’s successful campaign for Sea Shepherd was greatly aided by their new high speed interceptor boat the Gojira(Godzilla). The Gojira played a major role sending the Japanese whaling fleet back to Japan early and coming nowhere close to their quota of slaughtered whales. Headlines in the Japanese media screamed that the whaling fleet was fleeing from Godzilla.

With all the publicity came legal papers from Godzilla’s lawyers to remove the name from the boat. Sea Shepherd decided against pursuing a legal battle, realizing that the Gojira had already served it’s purpose. That's when Captain Paul Watson reached out to the Brigitte Bardot Foundation. Captain Watson’s idea was to rename the vessel the Brigitte Bardot in recognition of her animal rights actions. In 1977 Captain Watson took Ms. Bardot to the ice off the coast of Labrador where she posed with a baby harp seal. That photo would go on to bring national attention to harp seals and was pivotal in the fight to stop the annual Canadian slaughter.

The Brigitte Bardot was christened by Captain Albert Falco, famed oceanographer of the Cousteau Society, and will now head to Libyan waters to track down bluefin tuna poachers who are taking advantage of the war zone to capture these endangered fish.

The Brigitte Bardot’s newly painted hull can be seen here.

The first episode of this season's Whale Wars is Friday June 3rd at 9:00PM on Animal Planet.

John Himmelberger | @johnhimm
John lives in Maryland where he works as a sales manager. John and his wife Eileen’s pursuit to achieve optimum health combined with a desire to send a strong message to factory farming, inspired them to examine what they put into their bodies. Now a vegan, John has great admiration for groups like Farm Sanctuary and hopes to influence others by sharing his positive experiences. Follow John on his blog and Facebook.


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