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Sea Shepherd Renames Ship 'Steve Irwin', Launches 'Operation Migaloo' To Defend Whales
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MELBOURNE, Australia -- Terri Irwin has granted the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society permission to rename its ship currently known as Robert Hunter in honor of her late husband, Steve Irwin. Captain Paul Watson, founder and president of Sea Shepherd and Terri Irwin officially announced the new name for the ship Steve Irwin at a press conference at 12:00 on December 5th at Victoria Docklands in Melbourne, Australia.

Sea Shepherd is proud to partner with Terri Irwin to launch Operation Migaloo as she and Steve have been world renowned for their conservation work. Terri knows that Steve would have been extremely honoured to be acknowledged in this way as he shared Sea Shepherd's passion for saving whales.

"Whales have always been in Steve's heart and in 2006 he was investigating the possibility of joining the Sea Shepherd on part of its journey to defend these beautiful animals," Terri said.

The objective of Operation Migaloo is to intervene against illegal whaling actions by the Japanese whaling fleet. The Japanese whalers are targeting endangered humpbacks and fin whales along with 935 piked whales in the Southern Oceans Whale Sanctuary in violation of a global moratorium on commercial whaling and they will be killing many of these whales in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

"Steve Irwin's life demonstrated how one person can make a significant difference in the world," said Watson. "Steve wanted to come to Antarctica with us to defend the whales and now he will be joining us in spirit with his name emblazoned on the fastest and most powerful whale protection ship in the world."

The plight of the world's whales was extremely important to Steve. This was evident in Australia Zoo's launch of Steve's Whale One this winter, a whale-watching excursion boat that realised one of Steve's long-held dreams. Steve's Whale One is a way for people to see first-hand some of the most amazing creatures on earth and Steve was confident if people experienced this it would collectively inspire them to end the inhumane practice of whaling.

For more than three decades, Sea Shepherd has been at the forefront of the whale wars, defending the gentle giants, tackling overwhelming odds with insufficient resources, winning many victories, and saving the lives of thousands of whales, Sea Shepherd crews have effectively shut down dozens of whaling ships and operations. Operation Migaloo is named in honor of the only known living white humpback whale. The Steve Irwin will set sail for the Southern Oceans to defend the whales at 1500 hours from Melbourne Docklands.

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Awesome!
   comment# 1   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska ,Texas · Dec 9, 2007 @ 4:52pm

I think the cause is very worthy. Capt Paul s techniques and ways of thinking are had relations with. He s not mentally stable. I don t believe Steve would agree with his tactics
   comment# 2   - R Mulligan · Maine USA · Dec 15, 2008 @ 3:14pm

The crew of the ship are a bunch of sea going buffoons! The "captain" is such in name only, and I bet not a one of them has their ABS papers. It told us all we need to know when the ship suffered a main engine failure and the so called Chief Engineer couldn't even replace a turbo charger. Amazing they haven't died - yet. Very poor seamanship.
   comment# 3   - Dave · Vancouver, USA · Dec 26, 2008 @ 4:30pm

Most every one I've bumped into in the marine industry are very professional......either they are or they don't last too long on the water. Then there are Eco-sailors with some cause or drum to beat. I'd say that 98% are out for money, fame or both. Generally speaking, they truly are lost souls. Watch your pocketbook... There ARE other legitimate groups around. Tomas
   comment# 4   - Tom Barber · USA · Jan 4, 2009 @ 11:05am

Capt. Watson might be a little off,but that's the kind of person that's needed. To Torn Barber who else is in the face of the Japanese.
   comment# 5   - Joseph Ceremuga · Colorado U.S.A. · Mar 7, 2009 @ 1:47pm

It is totally Awesome! I think it's a very worthy and important cause. And yes who else but a person like Capt. Watson to do the job. We need more caring people in the world like him. He's got balls!!!! And he gets the job done no matter what takes. Keep up the good work. You have my admiration and support.
   comment# 6   - Michelle · Oceanside, Ca · Jun 14, 2009 @ 9:49pm

i cant agree with dave or tom at all!!! They arent in it for the fame tom the only reason that they turned it on tv is to show how cruel the japenese are and to say hey were out here and you dont even knough about us.toms problem is that he doesnt accept that the Steve Irwin is crewed by trained volunteers. And it is a nonprofit orginition.Paul Watson should be a hero because he is basicaly saying to the whole country of japan i will not deal with your stuff any more stop hunting whales. he im not saying he did im sayingthat is what his actions are saying. someone handed him a envelope of white powder.he has tried to be assassinated. who else can say that they stood up to a whole country and said to stop there is no other individual like him that say stop what your doing now. THERE HEROS AND I STRONGLY SUPPORT THEM KEEP AT IT PAUL!!!
   comment# 7   - Samuel Rogers · San Antonio Texas ,United States · Jun 27, 2009 @ 11:23pm

If a whale is saved, what does it matter the activists motivation? Accusations of fame, fortune etc, are simply that accusations but either way the important thing is The Sea Shephard, Greenpeace and others DO actively save whales and that's what matters.
   comment# 8   - Brenda · Granite City, United States · Aug 3, 2009 @ 10:43am

it is a wonderful thing to feel so much passion and do something. they risk it all and hurt no one. thier success is the worlds success. God bless and may the world be full of more people willing to stand for something, pushing the limmits without crossing the line. great job.
   comment# 9   - cindy · wv usa · Aug 14, 2011 @ 2:13pm
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