Sea Shepherd


Founder: Paul Watson
Type: Public charity (USA); registered charity (UK)
Founded: 1977
Location: Friday Harbor, Washington, USA, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Area served: Global
Focus: Marine conservation
Method: Direct action

Divine Wind

Operation Divine Wind was the eighth Antarctic campaign by Sea Shepherd to obstruct the Japanese whaling fleet during the 2011-2012 season.


Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Their mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately-balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.

Sea Shepherd has received support for its tactics against fishing, whaling, and seal hunting from quarters such as media personalities, while their violent tactics are sometimes opposed even by those who denounce whaling, such as Greenpeace and the governments of Australia and New Zealand. Officials of the American, Canadian, and Japanese governments, as well as the Institute of Cetacean Research of Japan, have referred to them as terrorists.

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