Honoring the man for whom their flagship is named after, the Sea Shepherd launched a unique type of attack on the Japanese whaling fleet yesterday in memory of Steve Irwin.
Dozens of fake crocodile eggs were thrown onto the flensing deck (where whale blubber is peeled off) of the Nisshin Maru. Each of these eggs was sponsored by Sea Shepherd supporters on shore who paid $50 to inscribe a message on the outside of the egg. When these eggs make contact with water, a baby crocodile emerges from the egg and expands rapidly. Just like those “Grow in Water” toys you might have played with as a kid. Or last week.
A few of the eggs were signed with messages from Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin.
“I cannot think of anything more appropriate for the Steve Irwin to toss onto the bloody flensing decks of the Nisshin Maru than crocodile eggs and baby crocs,” said Captain Paul Watson. “Before his tragic death Steve wanted to join us in our efforts to defend the whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary,” said Captain Paul Watson. “Because of that, we asked Terri Irwin for permission to name our ship in his honour.”