Sunday, February 20, 2011

Paul Watson: To Stand With You Sir, The Honour Is Completely Mine

And ain't it just, Captain Paul Wilson, a remarkable human being.

If I could have found a photo of you from taken from behind, or if I had a similar one of Teddy, you would Captain Sir Paul Watson by now. But alas, both are like the proverbial rocking horse whatsit, so you'll have to wait until Betty gives you one, good heavens man you deserving enough. Not that I suppose you would be over impressed with such a gong I'm sure; but there you go.

Upped on this blog because I have just upped a post on t'other one and I would like it to stay on the front page for a spell.

This is the accompanying video.

Dear Teddy,

We did it! This week, we drove the entire Japanese whaling fleet from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. They are on their way home!

But we did not do it alone. We did it with you! Sea Shepherd is more than the ships and crew that operate them.

Yes, the crew is important - men and women from around the world from all walks of life who volunteer their time and skills and risk their lives to defend life in the seas. They are, of course, a very important reason for the success of our missions. They are the people who directly confront the killers on the high seas. It is their passion that makes Sea Shepherd all that we can be.
video thanks from captain watson

The crew on the ships could not function without our onshore crew, who make up our office staff and our many shore-based volunteers. Our onshore crewmembers are in a very real sense just as important as those who go to sea. They make budgets, answer phones, process donations, conduct legal research, respond to media inquiries, create merchandise, organize benefits like bake sales and art auctions, man information tables, prepare the ships in port, solicit donations of food and services for the ships--and so much more.

But, the foundation of what we are and what we do lies firmly upon the shoulders of our supporters from all around the world. Your financial backing puts the resources into our hands that feed our crew, put gas in the tank and paint on our hull, keep our engines running, and our safety and navigational requirements in tip top shape.

It is this trinity of sea crew, onshore crew, and financial support crew that keeps Sea Shepherd at sea and keeps the harpoons away from the whales, the clubs away from the seals, the longlines and driftnets away from the fish, turtles, and sharks, and the knives away from the dolphins.

Sea Shepherd is all of us who care about our oceans and are willing to stand up and ACT, in whatever way we are able, in defense of the wondrous diversity of life in our fragile oceans.

We are all Shepherds of the Sea and those who are not should be, because the stark reality is that if our oceans die, we die! Together we fight not just for the whales, sharks, seals, sea-birds, turtles, and fish, together we fight for our own survival.

Together we are a force for good, a force for change, a force for ecological sanity, and a force to be reckoned with!

We will be honored if you would continue to stand with us as we imminently face battles on other fronts - bluefin tuna overfishing in the Mediterranean, pilot whale slaughter in the Faeroes, dolphin killing in Taiji, poaching in the Galapagos, and more.

To all the Shepherds of the Sea that made it possible for us to drive the whale killers from the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, I think I can speak for all the citizens of the sea in saying "Thank-you."

For the oceans,
Captain Paul Watson

Captain Paul Watson

Founder and President

See comments.


SteelMagnolia said...

Nice one Teddy xxx

Anonymous said...

May this great foundation go on and on.

Anonymous said...

Huge celebrations on twitter, you can feel the party cheer not too early for a glass of champagne and work well done by each and everyone. There are also some great write- ups being tweeted or should that be twittered...cheers Teddy and all those who sale in her...or should that be on her. Oh well lets party. The video to show what wonderful gentle creatures whales are. Cheers everyone.

Himself said...

Thank you for the link, what a nice few moments, and what remarkable kid.

It says as much about the parents as it does the child. He didn't get as one with ocean and the whales as he is by accident.

I shouldn't make politics out of it, but it's so hard not to, I mean how can I not after watching that, and only recently blogging this. Particularly the Jesus Camp Highlights.

Again thank you, I have grabbed some nice stills from the vid, and watching it brings home even more, that any Nation that wants to consider itself civilised, and yet at the same time, condones the killing of such wonderful creatures, is not only so thoroughly unfit to do so, it is even unfit to consider itself as belonging to the same species as the rest of us.

SteelMagnolia said...

Bit annoyed Greenpeace taking all the credit for Sea Shepherds work...maybe you could comment on this 'H'

Himself said...

I did mention it in passing here, but maybe not as much as I should have.

Whaling has ceased in the Southern Ocean because of the tenacity of one man and one man alone, and of course those that came forward and said, "Thy will be done"

I seem to have heard that one before somewhere.

Does that make Paul Watson big G?

Anonymous said...

Western Australia to kill sharks threatening beachgoers.

And like the themes from countless Hollywood movies, if you go into someone else's territory without respecting the risks involved, it doesn't always end well.