Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
San Juan Island, Washington 98250, USA
Marine Conservation, Protection of Whales dolphins and porpoises, Protection of marine life
Known for obstructing Japanese whaling activities in the Southern Ocean since 2005, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a Washington-based marine conservation organization with direct action tactics to save the oceans. Founded by Paul Watson, a former member of Greenpeace, in 1977, under the name Earth Force Society, the organization is involved in a number of 'controversial activities' to protect the ocean and marine life. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society carries out operations that involve direct, non-lethal tactics including scuttling and disabling whaling vessels, intervening in seal hunts and throwing bottles of foul-smelling butyric acid onto whaling vessels at sea, among others. As a response to the organisation's effort, the Japanese government has called Sea Shepherd eco-terrorists for impeding their research.