Now several days late of leaving at their usual time, it is being questioned whether they will stand hold with their announcement earlier in the year that they were, in fact, returning once again to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary despite the efforts of anti-whaling organizations. But, with no official release confirming these beliefs, all people can do is assume they are, as they have said, and hope for the best as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society heads back down to oppose them as they do every year in this years Anti-Whaling Campaign “Operation Divine Wind”.
Last year the Japanese Whaling Fleet did not leave harbor until December 2, 2010… Half a month late. With them once again delaying their leave, tension is heating up worldwide when the Sea Shepherd organization begins prepping to once again stop their illegal activities, and in hope, put a permanent end to it forever.
This year however is anticipated to be Sea Shepherds most violent campaign and most dangerous campaign that they plan on taking, yet. For the past several years, the Whaling Fleet has become more and more violent against protestors every year. During the 2010-2011 Campaign the whalers went as far as throwing spears and metal bolts at the small boat crew. A few years ago the whalers had a LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device), which is used to back off crowds, against the helicopter! This act could have easily caused the pilot to lose control and crash.
This year is also predicted to be a great success as well, despite the extra 27 million dollars Japan is giving the fleet, on top of its normal funds.
This year the Sea Shepherd Conservation will head down to this remote part of the Earth with 3 well prepared ships, more ready than ever. The Bob Barker is currently docked in Hobart, Australia with a 35 man crew awaiting departure for the campaign. Sister ships, Steve Irwin and Bridget Bardot (formerly known as the Gojira) will be heading to Antarctica’s coast straight from Fremantle. When news of the whalers departure is released, the Sea Shepherd ships will leave harbor to oppose them.