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Hominid Exotics Removed from the Galapagos

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Humans may not like to admit it, but we are exotics in fragile island ecosystems.

An "exotic" is a species that has been introduced into an eco-system causing competition with and destruction of native species of both plant and animals.

In the Galapagos exotics range from introduced insects to cats, dogs, goats, chickens, cows, horses, rats and yes- even people.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, along with CIMEI, Animal Balance and S.P.E.C.I.E.E.S., has been addressing the issue of exotic removal especially with dogs and cats that threaten native birds, lava lizards and iguanas.

The most destructive exotic animal of them all is Homo sapiens sapiens - that is ourselves.

Will Humpbacks Be Targets for Japanese Harpoons this Year?

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Countdown to Operation Musashi

Make Your body like a rock, and ten thousand things cannot touch you.
-         Miyamoto Musashi

This year we must implement the "Mountain-Sea Change" and "Penetrate the Depths." These are strategies of the legendary Japanese strategist Miyomoto Musashi, but as always the foundation of my strategy is the strategy of no strategy, a very effective zen strategy, also first articulated by Musashi.

For this season I am focusing on the teaching of Ai Uchi. This means that my crew and I will approach the whalers without anger, without fear, and with a profound dedication to serving the interests of our clients - the great whales.

We must think like the whalers do and we must anticipate what they will do.

It is fairly easy to predict the psychology of the Japanese whalers.

We expect them to be more aggressive this year.

We also expect them to spit in the face of Australians and declare that they intend to kill 50 Humpbacks, 50 Fins and 935 Piked (Minke) whales. They may raise the quotas but pride will dictate that they will not lower the quotas and the 50 Humpbacks they took off the table last year, they will most likely put back on the table this year, because they did not get what they wanted once again from the International Whaling Commission.

Iceland on the Threshold of an Economic Ragnarok

Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
Founder and President of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Last year in the summer of 2007, when the Sea Shepherd ship Farley Mowat sailed to oppose the slaughter of whales by Iceland, we called the campaign Whale Defense Campaign Operation Ragnarok.

Iceland backed down from their plan to kill whales before we reached their shores but then reneged and said they would start whaling again in 2008.

The attitude in Iceland has been that they will do whatever they wish without respect or regard for the rest of the world.

Not only has this been true for whaling but also for the cult of unlimited growth and development.

Iceland was one of the first nations to embrace Maggie Thatcher and Ronald Reagan's doctrine of letting the market have free rein without regulation or restrictions.

Now that attitude has turned on Iceland with a vengeance.

Iceland has gone overnight from one of the world's wealthiest nations to what is rapidly becoming a nation of beggars. Only massive loans from nations like Russia or the IMF will stave off a depression.