A ship owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been renamed in honor of the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin and will be used in what the group is calling “Operation Migaloo”, an effort to fight illegal whaling.
The group writes: “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.'”
Irwin’s wife Terri christened the vessel:
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