Earlier this week, a Japanese ship called the Nisshin Maru left port to begin hunting and killing an expected 1,000 whales. As they’ve done many years before, the Sea Shepherd Society is readying their boat — the Steve Irwin — to leave port from Australia and disrupt the Japanese efforts. It’s an annual confrontation that’s been recently documented in Animal Planet’s new television series Whale Wars.
This year, actress Daryl Hannah is joining the crew of the Sea Shepherd; headed by Captain Paul Watson. “Daryl is joining our group,” Watson was quoted as saying by Australia’s national AAP news agency. “She’ll be on board — she’s joining us at the end of the month.”
Last year, Sea Shepherd’s tactics helped halve the quota of the Japanese fleet, resulting in a $70 million dollar loss. It wasn’t easy, however, as Watson himself was shot during one of the forays. “I was wearing a bullet-proof vest, ” he told an Australian newspaper, “but the bullet hit my badge (an anti-poaching badge) so I had this bullet and I jokingly gave it to the guy who played Grissom in CSI (actor William Petersen) – he’s one of our supporters – and said ‘Hey, take a look at this because no one else will.’
Joining Hannah — and a crew of over 40 volunteers — will once more be a filming crew from Animal Planet. I guess we can look forward to season two of Whale Wars. Here’s to hoping everyone makes it back safe.
The Steve Irwin leaves port to search for the Japanese whaling fleet on December 1st.