by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Photo: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

According to a recent posting on Facebook by Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, the start to the 2011-2012 Whale Wars is less than 48 hours away.

“Apparently the Nisshin Maru has taken only half it’s fuel with the rest to be loaded tomorrow. Talk in the town is that they will leave tomorrow but certainly within 48 hours. According to reliable reports out of Tokyo there will be armed Japanese Coast Guard officers on the ships. As Sherlock Holmes once said to Dr. Watson, “the game is afoot.” All three Sea Shepherd ships are primed and ready for departure.”

Those reliable reports come to us via The Mainichi Daily News which quoted one coast guard official as saying security will be unprecedented. The move is part of a staggering $28M increase in security to deter the Sea Shepherd from interfering in this year’s hunt. While coast guard officials have accompanied the Japanese whaling fleet previously, there are reports that a dedicated security ship will also take part in the operation.

We’ll know more over the next several days, so stay tuned.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • http://deleted rat king

    Good luck to you – Captain Paul Watson – my heart is with you! May GOD bless you!

  • romika3

    2011 Whale Wars to Commence in the Southern Ocean… carefully read the byline for this story. It sounds like a big show, a big lark for some, but in reality we have a organization that again is preparing to make money off the backs of fishermen. Now somebody is going to come back and say they are not fishermen. Sealers, crabbers etc are fishermen supporting their families. Again, I suspect most of the whales harvested will be minke, a species that is not endangered and Watson fails to mention. But again Watson and his group select only the issues that maximize media and money making potential.