They engage in global missions to save eco-systems and marine species, including whales, seals and dolphins from illegal and cruel hunting operations, by enforcing international conservation law.
The SSCS was formed in 1977 by Captain Paul Watson – a co-founder of GreenPeace – to use ‘aggressive non-violence’ to end crimes against marine life. Within two years it scored one of its most famous victories; finding the world’s most prolific pirate whaling ship “Sierra”, ramming it and chasing it into a Portuguese harbour. While it was awaiting $1 million of repairs, Sea Shepherd sank it for good, saving thousands of whales in the process.
Since then, SSCS has become the scourge of marine poachers – assisting the South African Navy in scuttling two pirate whaling ships; scuttling two whalers in an Icelandic port; and downing two illegal Norwegian ships.
Despite being fired upon, rammed, arrested, kidnapped, hunted by global whaling corporations and attacked by mobs, they’ve always honoured their non-violent beliefs… apart from the stink bombs and water-cannons loaded with lemon pie.
They boast celebrity supporters including the Dalai Lama, Brigitte Bardot, Sir Mick Jagger, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, Daryl Hannah, Christian Bale, Ed Norton, Anthony Kiedis and the late Heath Ledger.
The SSCS is the subject of Discovery/Animal Planet’s Emmy-nominated Whale Wars and various hit films. With three ships – the ‘Brigitte Bardot,’ ‘Bob Barker’ and flagship ‘Steve Irwin’ – plus many smaller watercraft, they have a slew of missions planned for 2012.
With your help, they save countless lives. To find out how to donate or become a SSCS volunteer, please visit seashepherd.org