Preparations for Departure for Antarctica

To all Sea Shepherd Crew and loyal supporters. I just want to encourage all of you to be positive, strong and supportive as we struggle to move two ships, a helicopter and two different crews into position to tackle the greatest whale killing monsters on this planet. Success is taking each obstacle and dealing with […]

Whaling fleet boss to defy ban and sell to Japanese

The owner of the Icelandic whaling company that has killed seven endangered fin whales despite an international outcry said yesterday he was now going to export the meat to Japan in defiance of a trade ban. Kristjan Loftsson, the chief executive of the whaling company Hvalur, told The Daily Telegraph that there was “no problem” […]

Grey Whales Missing from North Pacific Feeding Grounds

Earthwatch volunteers to investigate feeding behavior off Baja, Mexico this winter. Finding one thirty-ton animal in the vast North Pacific may be as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. But when the entire estimated population of 17,000 grey whales is hard to find, it is cause for concern. Researchers reported very few sightings […]

Death on the high seas

I first tasted whale almost 10 years ago in the Faroe Islands. An unhappy hunter was getting drunk on one side of me, telling me about his urge to kill the largest creatures in the sea, and a secondary school headmaster who ran the islands’ whaling association was kicking his shins under the table trying […]

Baby gray whale births rebounding on Pacific Coast

SAN FRANCISCO – The number of baby gray whales born along the Pacific Coast has rebounded from record low levels, suggesting that pregnant females are thriving despite a warming Arctic feeding environment, biologists said. The number of calves that passed Point Piedras Blancas near San Luis Obispo jumped from 945 last year to 1,018 calves […]

Threats to the Great Whales

Update onNavy Sonar, Japanese Whaling, and Global Warming Our most majestic of creatures have been much in the news again lately. Some developments have been positive, others are ominous. Let’s start with the good news. JAPANESE WHALING: On April 2, an announcement came out of Tokyo that Nissui – the country’s second largest seafood company […]

Gorton’s Parent Company Pulls Out of Whaling Business

Seafood Giant Felt Pressure from Consumers and Environmental Groups WASHINGTON- Following pressure from consumers and groups such as Greenpeace, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Environmental Investigation Agency, Nissui, parent company of seafood giant Gorton’s of Gloucester confirmed today its intentions to divest interests in Kyodo Senpaku, which owns and operates the […]

Mexican Land Boom Creates Commotion in Whale Nursery

LAGUNA SAN IGNACIO, Mexico, March 7 — This remote lagoon, surrounded by salt flats, mesas and desert, has been a sanctuary for gray whales for centuries. Adriana Zehbrauskas for The New York Times A gray whale pops up for air in Baja California, where advocates of tourism and the environment clash with those favoring heavier […]