For the past eight years the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society led by Captain Paul Watson has prosecuted anti-whaling campaigns near Antarctica and disrupted the annual Japanese whaling hunt. I spoke to Paul Watson via Skype on board the SSS Steve Irwin.
While people around the world revere Captain Paul Watson for the stands he takes to save whales, the German government has him under arrest for a 2005 complaint for the very actions millions cheer for each week.
Rasta quickly moved forward in recruiting a team of filmmakers, journalists, musicians, eco-activists and celebrity surfers. He embarked upon the journey that has led him to be one of the most outspoken environmentalists in the surfing world today.
Captain Paul Watson of the SSCS flagship the Steve Irwin, which has now joined the Bob Barker in efforts to prevent the Japanese Whaling fleet from killing whales provided an update via satellite phone.
"The Ady Gil, when it was hit, sent out a Mayday. We weren't sure how quickly it was going to sink, and they [the crew] weren't either... The same vessel that capsized the Ady Gil is still tailing us, in fact."