Sea Shepherd crew faces second drone shooting while protecting the critically endangered vaquita porpoise in Mexico.
Despite gunshots being fired at its drone again, conservation group Sea Shepherd, together with the Mexican Navy, drove poachers off the protected vaquita refuge and saved the life of an endangered totoaba fish from their illegal nets.
This was the second shoot-out, and the first in daylight, directed at Sea Shepherd in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico, in less than a week.
The first incident, which occurred on Christmas Eve, poachers shot down the conservationists’ night vision drone. The NGO is currently in the area for Operation Milagro IV, where it is actively protecting the totoaba bass and the near-extinct vaquita porpoise.
Tension rises in the fight to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise.
Ocean conservation group Sea Shepherd was surprised by gunfire on Christmas Eve resulting in a drone being shot down by poachers in the Gulf of California, Mexico.
The Sea Shepherd vessel M/V John Paul DeJoria was on patrol looking for poachers when its crew observed suspicious activity on the radar at 9:30 pm on December 24th. The vessel is currently in the Upper Gulf for Operation Milagro IV, to protect the critically endangered vaquita porpoise and totoaba bass.
Mexican scientists on board R/V Martin Sheen recorded whale encounters and added to photo ID catalogue during Divina Guadalupe III
Sea Shepherd recently wrapped its fall research project, Divina Guadalupe III, to study Cuvier’s beaked whales at Mexico’s Guadalupe Island, recording 22 encounters and increasing their photo-ID catalogue to 69 different individuals.
In November, a group of Mexican scientists, led by research leader Gustavo Cardenas Hinojosa and Colombia chief scientist Andrea Bonilla Garzon, sailed the non-profit’s research vessel, the R/V Martin Sheen. The group’s destination was Mexico’s Guadalupe Island, some 150 miles off the west coast of Baja California Peninsula.
Dedication ceremony assigns the M/V Sharpie with a Dominica flag; Dominica officials present for announcement
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s newest vessel, the M/V Sharpie, has become the first ship in history to obtain registry as a private marine conservation yacht by Dominica Maritime Registry.
Sea Shepherd founder, president, and CEO Captain Paul Watson and director of ship operations and campaigns, Captain Locky MacLean, along with Dominica Senator for Tourism and Urban Renewal, the Honourable Robert Tonge, and Discover Dominica Authority’s Production Promotions Manager Kathy Cuffy Jno-Jules, were present at the dedication ceremony aboard the Sharpie at the 5th Street Marina in Miami on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Endangered vaquita porpoise kicks off the four-part series
Sea Shepherd is teaming up with UK-based design duo Ed and James Harrison on their conservation project ‘Under the Skin,’ an art series specializing in limited-edition, interactive screen prints of endangered animals from across the globe.
This new collaboration will celebrate some of the marine species that Sea Shepherd is tirelessly working to protect, as well as raise awareness of the threats these species face that are leading to their extinction.