The SSCS (Sea Shepherd Conservation Society) is a non-profit making organisation, started in the year 1977. While on first glance, it might be easy to know and understand what the Shepherds of the Sea is all about, there are several areas about them that are covered and unknown to others.
A list of 10 such interesting facts about the Sea Shepherds can be listed down as follows:
1. The founder of the organisation – Paul Watson – was one of the founders of the renowned organisation Greenpeace. In the decade between the late 1960s and 70s, Paul Watson led many active campaigns for the institution, protesting against the environmentally detrimental activities carried out before quitting it because of long standing misunderstandings and conflicts of opinion.
2. Sea Shepherds’ main line of action is by way of active protest instead of passive reaction. Because of this stance, they have come under the line of fire many times. In fact, Japanese whalers have sued the organisation for persistently blocking their annual whaling activity. The whale wars campaign undertaken by the Shepherds is quite detailed and a major line of focus outside the American continent.
3. The organisation proactive stance includes attacking and pounding on ships that undertake activities that it believes to be against the law of nature. This has resulted in the organisation attracting negative popularity as being core extremists.
4. Sea Shepherds also carries a cache of artillery aboard its vessels. According to the founder, this is done as a security measure to protect the crew who encounter individuals who could be life-threatening.
5. The organisation has been deemed an eco-terrorist outfit. Over the years many countries across the world have made a move to protest against the liberal stance taken by the US government towards the exemption of tax duties on the organisation.
6. The international Whaling Council (IWC) disbarred the Shepherds of the Sea from being a part of its observatory group in the year 1994. The IWC also criticised the organisation as being terroristic in its propaganda and activities carried out.
7. Apart from Paul Watson, the Shepherds comprises of 11 other people who form the top of the organisation’s crew. These 11 members, of various nationalities, include three women and eight men who handle the persisting problem of marine ecological threats in a more than effective manner.
8. The Sea Shepherds have their own fleet of ships to enable them to carry out their operations. At present, their ships’ fleet comprises of five vessels. Steve Irwin is their flagship ship.
9. The Shepherds of the Sea focuses on countering whaling activities, preservation of the Galapagos turtles, preventing of seal hunting and fighting against hunting of sharks. The organisation has been the instrumental force behind the mass killing of dolphins in the Iki province of Japan.
10. The organisation is known for its media interaction worldwide. Its whaling campaign – Whale Wars – is a featured documentary on the Animal Planet channel, allowing the organisation to rake in more and more positive attention in the international viewer domain.
The Sea Shepherds is an organisation whose activities can be deemed as being gray instead of the conventional white. While being touted as interfering, many marine animals and mammals owe their continued existence to this institution. In the interests of these creatures, it becomes essential that the organisation exists and thrives.