Saturday, February 25, 2012
The Sea Shepherd comes calling
Sea Shepherd's MY Bob Barker, one of the stars of "Whale Wars," was in Wellington last week, bearing an intimidating new coat of paint and raising funds.
The three Sea Shepherd ships have been carrying out a long-running and high profile campaign against Japanese whaling. Last year, trying to interfere with a Japanese whaling boat, the Bob Barker was involved in a collision, causing a large gash to the boat.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society was founded in 1977 under the name Earth Force Society.
Picture from The Taranaki Daily News.
Speaking of protestors, Kiwi Actress Lucy Lawless - otherwise known as Xena - has been making a bit of a nuisance of herself recently. Or, as the Taranaki Daily News put it, she's evolved from warrior princess to eco-warrior.
Lawless was part of a group of seven Greenpeace activists who boarded the drill ship, Noble Discoverer, at Port Taranaki and scaled a 53-metre drilling derrick, unfurling banners.
The Noble Discoverer was due to depart on a 6,000 nautical mile journey to drill three exploratory oil wells in the Chukchi Sea off the coast of Alaska.
Those plans, obviously, changed with the protestors suddenly on board. Apparently they're still there.