Sea Shepherd Waltzing Matilda Campaign Saved 528 Whales
The Sea Shepherd Society has released figures on the success of its Waltzing Matilda Campaign in the Southern Ocean, noting that they have saved 528 whales from slaughter.
The Japanese Whaling fleet had permission from its government to hunt and kill over one thousand whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary for "scientific" purposes. The Sea Shepherd Society thwarted many of the kills in their most successful campaign to date.
Of the fifty humpback whales that were targeted, they did not take a single one.
Of the fifty fin whales that were targeted, they managed to kill only one.
Of the 935 targeted Minke whales, they killed 506.
In total, the illegal Japanese whalers murdered 507 whales.
Sea Shepherd successfully saved 528 whales- our biggest impact on the whale quota to date.
Cost of Saving 500 Whales
- money, lots of money is needed to fuel the boats and equip and feed the volunteers
- multi million dollar Ady Gil destroyed in an encounter with a Japanese ship
- damage to the ship the Bob Barker damaged in an encounter with a Japanese ship
- Captain Peter Bethune imprisoned on a variety of charges in Japan.
Cost to the Japanese Whalers
- not enough whales killed to make expenses
- fisheries spokesperson Takashi Mori said not enough samples for accurate research.
528 whales now alive that were targeted for death - Priceless!