The people of Newcastle were very supportive. One bar opened up a $500 bar tab for anyone wearing a Sea Shepherd crew shirt. Taxi cabs offered free rides to the crew and everyone wanted their pictures taken with crewmembers. The harbor officials were very friendly and it was a very pleasant but brief visit.
The Steve Irwin departed from Newcastle at 1400 Hours on December 7th southward bound.
Somewhere in this vast ocean the Japanese whaling fleet is steaming towards the Ross Sea to begin their horrific task of slaughtering a thousand whales. The task of the Steve Irwin is to search them out and interfere with their illegal operations as soon as possible before the killing begins.
Paul Watson with Skye Bortoli of "Teens Against Whaling"