Countless nonprofits and organizations fight every day to try to give animals a better future. Not many of them risk their lives though.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society sets sail to unknown waters to fight off Japanese ships that fish illegally and hunt whales. Most of the said ships sail around in teams to be more efficient and Sea Shepherds are basically outnumbered most of the time.
What does the sea shepherd conservation society do?
Being down in numbers and also having the disadvantage of sailing with a much older ship, Sea Shepherds risk their lives every day. They do not hesitate and make the best calls possible. The ships that dare them to get their fair piece of the Shepherds stink bomb treatment.
Even though they get criticized for their direct action techniques, Sea Shepherd also has worked with governments and other organizations in order to promote marine life and its conservation. Some of these countries are Galapagos, Trinidad, Senegal, Cocos, and Columbia.
Sea Shepherd is mostly known for its anti whaling efforts. Killing a whale approximately takes about 25 minutes and considering how intelligent and impactful whales are on the marine ecosystem, they just do not deserve this treatment. The organization does its best to raise awareness and also effectively fight off whale hunters.
Kim McCoy adds “The public should be concerned about commercial whaling because we simply cannot afford to lose the great whales. Each species that we lose further diminishes our already depleted oceans, and if the oceans die, we die, it’s as simple as that.”
This statement is very true, if a species goes extinct the ecosystem suffers dearly. Knowing how and how much we would get affected by the loss of a species is rather hard but sooner or later we will definitely feel something is missing.
Sea Shepherd is just doing its part to preserve the marine ecosystem and even if you may not agree with their methods, they are definitely on our side. They have the numbers to back their claims up as well. Sources claim that they have saved over 1,400 whales since 2005 and the numbers increase day by day.
They also try to document as much as their efforts to show people what really is going on on the seas. Their footage showcases how they risk their lives and how illegal hunters treat them on high seas. The said series of footage can also be found in the form of documentaries and they are great ones at that. Personally speaking, all of their documentaries are worth the watch but if you would like to check out the best of their work definitely consider watching “Ocean Warriors”, “Why Just One?” and “Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson”