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Sea Shepherd declares Operation Divine Wind a success as the whalers go homeSea Shepherd declares Operation Divine Wind a success as the whalers go home

Sea Shepherd Victory: The Whalers Go Home!

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Sea Shepherd victory! The organization announced yesterday that their long Antarctic campaign, Operation Divine Wind, is over as the whaling fleet heads back toward Japan.

Sea Shepherd reported that the whalers had been shut down when the Bob Barker began tailing the factory ship, Nisshin Maru. With the Bob Barker following the slipway, the fleet would be unable to take in any more whales, according to Captain Paul Watson and Captain Peter Hammarstedt. Now, Sea Shepherd confirms that the whalers’ season is officially over as the fleet has turned and headed home.

Watson predicted a very successful campaign, saying “The kill figures will not be released by Japan until April, but in my opinion they will not get over 50% for certain and my prediction is it will not be above 30%. Not as good as last season, but much better than all the previous years. It has been a successful campaign. There are hundreds of whales swimming free in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary that would now be dead if we had not been down there for the last three months. That makes us very happy indeed.”

According to Radio Australia News, Watson’s predictions were right on. Japan’s whaling fleet received an extra $31.9 million dollars this year, much of which was used to increase security in response to Sea Shepherd’s campaign. Despite that, the fleet only managed to catch a third of their quota.

In a statement on Sea Shepherd’s Facebook page, Watson said the captains and crew were able to save 768 whales from the harpoons this year. “Of the Minke Whale Kill quota of 935 whales, 266 whales were killed. Of the Fin Whale quota of 50, only 1 was killed. Of the Humpback Whale quota of 50 there were zero kills. I predicted that no more than 300 whales would be killed and that prediction proved to be true. Sea Shepherd chased the Japanese whaling fleet for 17,000 miles and kept two of their three harpoon ships out of the game as we kept the Nisshin Maru constantly running. The Japanese attempt to stop us in the U.S. Court failed. No injuries on either side. Operation Divine Wind has been a major success,” he wrote.

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  • romika3

    This article fails to mention that there were more whales harvested than last year and in most years the quote is never reached. But that is not the point. The point is that again we have an organization that has made their money off the backs of fishermen with no concept of the social or economic impact. The tsunami of 2012 decimated the Japanese fishery. However, as pointed out in a number of scholarly articles the agenda of SSCS and similar organizations divorces themselves from the impact on the middle/lower class. They use the issue has a media and money making opportunity through the “Whale Wars” TV show. According to another press release only Minke’s were taken. Minke’s are not listed as endangered and the quota is sustainable. It reminds me of the HSUS’s visit to eastern Canada in 2011. They rented a helicopter, shot some footage, edited it and then posted a notice on their web page requesting $100,000.00 in donations.

    • Captain Paul Watson

      Romika3 is paid by the Institute of Cetacean Research to post his garbage. He trolls the internet posting anti-Sea Shepherd comments. That’s his job. Moost of his postings are nonsencial rants like this one.

      • romika3

        “That’s his job. Moost of his postings are nonsencial rants like this one.” well is that calling the kettle black…. perhaps you might be interested in checking out the following site. It is full of nonsencial rants! against hare working fishermen…

    • Captain Paul Watson

      Romika3 is just jealous of my ability to dominate on the high seas. Moostly he wishes he were me.

      • romika3

        Sorry, you are not Paul Watson. There is one thing that I can credit Watson with and that is his ability to spell “mostly”. You cannot!!!

        • Logicman

          YOU talked about the pot calling the kettle black and then attack him mocking your spelling of “Moost”… love it. Here are some more excerpts from your postings to review….
          “Moost of his postings….”
          “….hare working fishermen…”
          “….quote is never reached…”
          ” They use the issue has a media….”
          Come on, if you are going to be employed to spew ICR propaganda at least try to be coherent.

  • Nidghjbggg

    That’s right. Look at yourself ICR! You robbed your own earthquake stricken people of 30 million dollars and we still kicked your ass. You sold your soul and have nothing to show for it.

    • romika3

      For you information that piece of information, that they used relief funds, can from the mouth of Mr. Watson. In his book “Earthforce” he states that is acceptable to lie and distort data….

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  • Mirna Trujillo

    AWESOME!!!! Send them running home!!! You guys and gals are the real deal!!!!

  • I tortured and killed over 800 animals this season to protest Sea Shepherds violent campaign against innocent Japanese whalers in the Antarctic.

    If you want to stop me, stop enabling Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd.

    • Captain Paul Watson

      I think someone is in need of some mental health counselling. Arnie, do you not realize how sick you sound. Get help!

      • romika3

        What about about the seal that was skinned alive for the camera? You (although I believe you are not Watson) and Greenpeace new all about it and did nothing…. Because you knew it would bring in the dollars…

  • Revengebunny

    WOOHOO!! Me wuvs Sea Shepards!! oh and Japan u suck.

  • romika3

    As a follow up to my previous comment and to support a comment I posted recently regarding the tactic used by the SSCS to demonize, vilify and promote hate towards the Japanese it have posted a link to a Youtube video supporting this. The vilification, demonization and the promotion of cultural hate by the SSCS towards the fishermen of eastern Canada still continues as we speak.


    • Guest2311

      If you are killing whales – you should be demonized! The population is dwindling and there is no way to “farm” them the way civilization is now farming every other food source. And I am Japanese – but shamed to the bone about the way they Japan has their annual dolphin killing spree and whale killing spree. Disgusting to the core!

      • romika3

        Japanese you say.Well most of the whales harvested are minke and their population is not endangered. If you are concerned with harvesting whales then why don’t you begin doing something from within your country. Rather that allowing the likes of SSCS to come into Japan an “USE” your fishermen. Watson is interested in nothing more that the opportunity that this issue presents and nothing more. Look at how the member of SSCS mock, abuse and demonize the fishermen of Tiagi. Standup for your people first, deal with the issue in a way that brings about real change in policy….

        • likeus

          The killing of whales is inhumane. period. Doesn’t matter about quotas or so called “rights” to another species. Whales almost never get an instant death. Based on this fact alone, whaling should end. Would you like to be writhing around with a harpoon through you for sometimes 30 min while you’re shot multiple times?

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