I asked about their logo which is rather controversial and discovered that it is based on pirate lore. It takes a pirate to catch a pirate. The fork represents Neptune's Navy, the shepherds crook those who care for the oceans fauna and the skull is part of their aim to catch the pirate.
I have always been under the impression that Sea Shepherd were a part of Greenpeace. I learn't that they parted ways in 1977 hence the 77 on their ships. Their history makes for some interresting reading.
Our guide (whose name I can't remember) is a former ice road trucker was excellent. He was engaging funny and relevant to the age of the students.
|Sir N enjoying being at the helm|
The ship is covered in amazing works of art. Most of the staff on board are volunteers. A few of the professional staff are employed.
The diet on board is Vegan. All staff sign an indemnification when boarding. They acknowledge that it could be dangerous and they could loose their lives while on board and in pursuit of a whaling ship.
They have a chopper on board and have a policy to always help when asked for helicopter assistance.
The chopper is stored in a hange on the top deck. It takes three crew 15 minutes to have her fully operational.
We had a wonderful morning on board and enjoyed the sight of Melbourne from the deck. So if you are in Melbourne make some time to come down to the quay and have a look around you wont be dissappointed.
More on the web
- Sea Shepherd.org
- Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
- Sea Shepherd Australia
- Sea Shepherd on Flicker
|Sea Shepherd's Flagship the Steve Irwin.|
Free tours and donation stall are on Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM to 5 PM.