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Sea Shepherd also retrieved a large floating ghost net from the water and brought it onboard to ensure it would not cause harm to any further marine wildlife.

Sea Shepherd positioned their ships between the whales and the Faroe Islands and monitored the movement of the whales ready to intervene with acoustic devices if necessary to persuade them to divert away from the cruel and lethal shores of the Faroes.

Alexis Lum of Canada found himself underwater as a mother and her calf swam in a circle around them. “I could have reached out and touched that calf, it was so close and the way the whales looked us in the eye, like they were trying to communicate with us,” he said.

American crewmember Crystal Galbraith said, “I was amazed at how friendly they were, not afraid of us at all, and so intensely curious. How anyone could greet this friendliness with such horrific violence is unimaginable.”

The Sea Shepherd ships are staying with the pilot whales throughout the night. “We are like aquatic shepherds guarding our flock,” said Captain Paul Watson. “We need to keep them away from the vicious hooks and knives of the Faroese butchers.”

A pilot whale jumps in front of the Brigitte Bardot vessel.A pilot whale jumps in front of the Brigitte Bardot vessel. A crewmember recovers a ghost net from the water.A crewmember recovers a ghost net from the water.
A large pod of pilot whales swim alongside the Brigitte Bardot. Photo: Eva HidalgoA large pod of pilot whales swim alongside the Brigitte Bardot. Photo: Eva Hidalgo The Brigitte Bardot vessel surrounded by pilot whales.The Brigitte Bardot vessel surrounded by pilot whales.
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