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More than 37 years ago, Captain Paul Watson founded what has become the world's most active marine protection non-profit organization – Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Paul Watson's career as a Master Mariner began in 1968 as a seaman with the merchant marines and with the Canadian Coast Guard. Watson majored in communications and linguistics at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

In 1972, Watson co-founded the Greenpeace Foundation (GP) in Vancouver, BC. From 1971-77, Watson served as First Officer on all GP voyages, and on a campaign against Russian whalers he implemented his idea of putting activists in a zodiac between the harpoon and the whale. From 1976-77, he led all of the GP expeditions to protect harp seals on the ice floes of eastern Canada. In 1977, Watson left GP because he felt the original goals of the organization were being compromised, and because he saw a specific, global need to continue direct-action, conservation activities on the high seas.

In 1977, Watson founded Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – dedicated to research, investigation, and the enforcement of laws, treaties, resolutions, and regulations established to protect marine wildlife and their habitats worldwide. Watson travels and lectures extensively at universities and events around the world, including Pasadena College of Design and UCLA. He has authored six books: Shepherds of the Sea (1979); Sea Shepherd: My Fight for Whales and Seals (1982); Cry Wolf (1985); Earthforce! (1993); Ocean Warrior (1994); and Seal Wars (2002). In addition, he has been the subject of numerous magazine articles and profiles including being chosen by Time Magazine as one of the environmental heroes of the 20th Century in the year 2000.

Headshot photo: Eric Cheng/Sea Shepherd

Entries by Captain Paul Watson

The Tide May Be Turning on Climate Change

(9) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 6:22 PM

At the eleventh hour when the gloomy spectre of failure was descending upon the Climate Change Conference that will begin in Paris within a few weeks, a miracle has happened.

Just weeks ago I was predicting that COP 21 would be a failure just like all the...

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"If You Call What We Did a Crime, We Demand to Serve Our Time"

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 10:38 PM

"If you call what we did a crime, we demand to serve our time" - Sea Shepherd Land Team Leader,Rosie Kunneke of South Africa.

What does a compassionate person do when convicted of a "crime" of compassion? What does a kind person do when convicted of a "crime" of kindness?...

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The Murder of the Whales, Courtesy of the Royal Danish Navy

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 9:15 PM

142 pilot whales were slaughtered on the night of July 23 on the beach at Torshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands. 1,100 people and more than a hundred boats participated, backed up by two Danish Navy warships the Triton and the Knut Rasmussen.

Earlier in the day, more than...

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I Need a Few Moments of Your Time - Please Sign My Petition.

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 7:57 PM

Thank you. 20,000 signatures in just three days is a good start. I need your help to send a strong message to the Costa Rican government that the continued pursuit of the bogus charge against me needs to stop; this is a politically-motivated charge.

In 2002, at the request...

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O nacionalismo é somente uma máscara para a culpa coletiva abstrata

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2015 | 5:56 PM

O nacionalismo é um tipo de insanidade no qual fronteiras artificiais substituem compaixão e bom senso.

Minha vida inteira, em todas as campanhas que organizei, fui chamado de racista ou intolerante por me opor a todas as atrocidades com as quais deparei. Nossas campanhas contra a caça às baleias se...

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Nationalism is Simply a Mask for Abstract Collective Guilt

(25) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 8:00 PM

Nationalism is a type of insanity where artificial boundaries replace compassion and common sense.

All of my life, with every campaign that I have organized, I have been called a racist or a bigot for opposing each and every atrocity I have encountered. Our campaigns against whaling have been against...

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Florida is Dumb but Washington D.C. is Dumber

(2) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 3:27 PM

Nothing illustrates the dumbdownification of United States politics than the political position of denying climate change.

This is akin to denying that the sun rises in the East or that the sky is blue.

This week it was revealed that in 2011 Florida Governor...

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More Shark Attacks? We Have Only Ourselves to Blame

(18) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Shark attacks are on the rise and the reason for this is entirely the fault of humanity.

Shark attacks are relatively rare. From a population of 7.5billion people, there are between five and 10 fatal attacks each year.

More people are killed by bees,...

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Hunting the Ghost Fleets

(4) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 5:34 PM

Since mid-December, 2014, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been engaged in shutting down the illegal operations of four Antarctic toothfish poaching ships.

The Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker located the Nigerian-flagged poacher Thunder on December 16th on the Banzare Bank off the coast of Antarctica. The poachers immediately...

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Sea Shepherd is Free to Return to the Faroe Islands in 2015

(21) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Denmark Puts a Lid on Attempts by the Faroese to Implement Authoritarian Measures

In an attempt to undermine freedom in their own country, 29 of the 33 members of the Faroese Løgting (parliament) voted in December to ban Sea Shepherd volunteers from coming to the Faroe Islands. After Sea Shepherd's...

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OPEC May Achieve What the Environmental Movement Is Unable to Achieve

(14) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 2:22 PM

How do we shut down Keystone?

How do we stop fracking?

How do we stop deep-water drilling in the Arctic, the Caribbean and everywhere else?

How do we end the ecological disaster of the Canadian tar sands?


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Farley Mowat - The Most Significantly Awesome Man I Have Ever Known

(1) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 8:00 PM

Today is a very sad day for me.

The greatest Canadian I have ever known and one of my closest and dearest friends has died.

I spoke to him just a few weeks ago and he was as full of life as he always...

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Justiça feita para a Sea Shepherd

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 1:00 PM

Março marcou um momento histórico na longa luta para acabar com o massacre de baleias no Santuário de Baleias do Oceano Meridional.

Em 31 de março, a Corte Internacional de Justiça de Haia decidiu que as operações baleeiras japonesas em águas da Antártica não estão de acordo com as três...

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For Sea Shepherd - A Vindication

(16) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 8:00 PM

This week has been a turning point in the long struggle to end the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

On Monday 31 March, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled that the Japanese whaling operations in Antarctic waters are not in...

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Tears for the Land of the Rising Sun

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 11:16 PM

For Whom the Bell Tolls
by John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well...

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The Terrible, Troubling Tribulations of Being Called an Eco-terrorist

(61) Comments | Posted March 4, 2011 | 4:50 PM

"Yesterday I did not know what an eco-terrorist was. Now it appears that I am one?" - Sea Shepherd Deckhand Amanda Caldwell

When Japanese whalers, Canadian sealers, Costa Rican shark poachers, and Libyan bluefin tuna poachers call Sea Shepherd an "eco-terrorist" organization, I always have the same response: "Okay...

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The Cold War Over the Hottest of Blood

(4) Comments | Posted August 21, 2009 | 11:26 AM

They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains
the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent.

-- D.H. Lawrence (Whales Weep Not)

As Animal Planet's highly rated show Whale Wars nears the end of its second season in the US and Canada, it...

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