As the Sea Shepherd’s annual campaign against the Japanese whaling fleet gets underway in the Southern Ocean, some new changes to previous campaigns are coming to light.
While the SSCS has several initiatives throughout the year focused on saving threatened marine life, the action down under for the last five years has proven particularly effective in spreading awareness as shown in Animal Planet’s ratings monster “Whale Wars.” In the past, AP hired an independent film crew to document the Sea Shepherd’s efforts to save whales – but this year, the organization itself is going all “lights, camera, action!”
“Animal Planet will not have its own film crew on board with us this year,” wrote Sr. Media Relations Manager Lisa Agabian in an email. ”‘Whale Wars’ will, indeed, air in the U.S. on Animal Planet as expected, but our own professional production crew will be shooting the campaign this year. This arrangement provides us greater flexibility for distribution purposes, as we will own the footage.”
Unfortunately, it appears as if this arrangement was also something of a last minute decision – as the Sea Shepherd have been scrambling to fill a few still-needed positions on the film crew.
“Operation Zero Tolerance, promises to be our best year yet and we are still looking to fill a couple of positions on the film crew,” says one advert from Sea Shepherd Australia. “If you are a professional videographer, or producer and would like to join the campaign (we will pay your expenses) please send your resume to susan@seaShepherd.org.”
Another job offer, filed on RealityStaff.com, seeks a field producer; noting some kind of tragic accident befalling the previous employee.
“A tragic accident (he will be ok eventually) has left us with a space to fill. We are looking for a field producer to join one of our ships which will travel to the Antarctic to interfere will Japanese whaling operations this year. We may also need an audio technician. The need is urgent, departure date is November 27/28, 2012.”
In both cases, Sea Shepherd will cover travel expenses – but the time commitment may be steep for some – 14 weeks. But still, what an amazing opportunity for anyone passionate about marine conservation and looking for some serious resume padding.
“This promises to be one of the most exciting campaigns (Whale Wars) so far! We have a larger fleet than ever before and a Captain ‘on the run’ who will be joining the campaign at some undisclosed location!”
As for that “Captain on the run”, we fully expect Paul Watson to join the rest of the SSCS in dramatic fashion by appearing with the newly christened (and still very secret) M/V Sam Simon; the Sea Shepherd’s fourth new vessel. To the org’s credit, no one (not even the clever sleuths over on the International Whale Protection Forum) has yet to nail down the exact vessel the Sea Shepherd have purchased.
We’re looking forward to the big reveal. The Japanese – not so much.