Citing diminishing fuel stores and stormy seas, Captain Paul Watson late yesterday announced that the Sea Shepherd’s Operation Zero Tolerance campaign had come to an end.
“Adverse weather has put an end to the whaling season,” Watson posted on Facebook. “The whalers returned South more for show than practicality. Monitoring the weather and it is joyfully stormy. The Sea Shepherd ships have just enough fuel to reach Melbourne and should arrive in 12 days. This has been the most successful campaign undertaken and Sea Shepherd Australia has done an incredible job of coordinating it. A very courageous job by the three crews of the Steve Irwin, Bob Barker and Sam Simon.
“The Australian Federal Police are expected to raid the ships but they do that every year because Japan asks them to. Not sure why Australia never asks the police to raid the Japanese vessels. Sea Shepherd always cooperates with the authorities. Japan never does. They can destroy a boat and get away with it without having to answer questions while Sea Shepherd is expected to justify saving endangered whales in an internationally established whale sanctuary from whalers who are in contempt of an Australian Federal Court ruling.”
Now that the Sea Shepherd have left the whaling fleet, it’s unclear just how many more lives they might be able to take between now and when the season officially ends on March 31st. As Watson stated, the forecast for stormy seas makes it likely that any efforts to kill more whales would be limited.
Give ‘em hell Mother Nature.