The U.S.-based Sea Shepherd Conservation Society — which recently left port from Melbourne to disrupt Japan’s annual whale hunt — has honored the late Steve Irwin by renaming one of its vessels after the late conservationist. The newly named Steve Irwin will form the backbone of Sea Shepherd’s Antarctic mission. From the article,
“Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson said the television star shared the group’s passion for saving whales. ‘Steve wanted to come to Antarctica with us to defend the whales, and now he will be joining us in spirit with his name emblazoned’ on the ship, Watson said in a statement.”
Man, I still miss this guy. It’s wonderful to see his name and work continue to be honored. His wife, Terri Irwin christened the ship yesterday and had some words for the whaling industry. “‘If you stop the whaling . . . you have the opportunity to be embraced by the world and held up as heroes for stopping something that should have ended along with slavery and cannibalism a long time ago,’ she said. She and her late husband had been long-term supporters of Sea Shepherd and labeled the ship’s captain, Paul Watson, a hero.”
Go Steve! Save the whales!