Shortly after midnight on the 2nd of February, 2014, The Bob Barker and The Steve Irwin were ambushed by three harpoon ships poaching whales from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Over 9 hours, the harpoon ships crossed the bows of the Sea Shepherd ships a total of 86 times, trailing steel cables behind them.
This attack was orchestrated after 8 successful days of the Sea Shepherd ships holding position on the slipway of the Nisshin Maru, rendering the Japanese whaling fleet unable to poach whales.
Our volunteer crews are fueled by passion and dedication to upholding international conservation law, and are determined to continue protecting the sanctity of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
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