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Whale Warriors (6 photos)

Whale Warriors (6 photos)

The crew brace themselves on the bow of the Sea Shepherd ship, MV Steve Irwin, as it plunges through Antarctic swells.

All photos © Adam Lau

Crew members brace themselves on the bow of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship, MV Steve Irwin, as it plunges through Antarctic swells. Adam Lau, a student from San Francisco State University, documented the ship and it’s crew as they pursued and clashed with Japanese whaling vessels. Such ships are accused of hunting commercially under the guise of “scientific research.” While Sea Shepherd claims to be non-violent, its aggressive tactics have provoked criticism from other groups, making it the black sheep of the conservation movement.

Lau’s series is included in the PDN Photo Annual 2010 online gallery. The MV Steve Irwin and it’s crew are also the subject of the Animal Planet series Whale Wars.

A message left on the the bridge rail of the MV Steve Irwin by crew after a whale sighting off Antarctica's coast.

A message left on the the bridge rail by crew after a whale sighting off Antarctica’s coast.

MV Steve Irwin crew hurl bottles of butyric acid at Japanese harpoon ship, the Yūshin Maru No. 1 during a clash in Antarctica's Ross Sea. "Rotten butter bombs" were aimed at the whaling ship's deck in the hope of making work onboard difficult, and tainting meat to be sold at market.

The  crew hurls bottles of butyric acid at the Yūshin Maru No. 1, a Japanese harpoon ship, during a clash in Antarctica’s Ross Sea. “Rotten butter bombs” were aimed at the whaling ship’s deck in the hope of making work on board difficult, and tainting meat to be sold at market.

Cook Laura Dakin, right, peers out the MV Steve Irwin's galley window as crew member Eric Cheng weathers a snowstorm outside after a failed mission to pursue Japanese harpoon ship, the Yūshin Maru No. 3.

Cook Laura Dakin, right, peers out the galley window as crew member Eric Cheng weathers a snowstorm outside after a failed mission to pursue Japanese harpoon ship, the Yūshin Maru No. 3.

MV Steve Irwin crew in an inflatable fast boat, armed with bottles of rotten butter, are doused by water cannons from Japanese harpoon ship, the Yūshin Maru No. 1.

The crew in an inflatable fast boat, armed with bottles of rotten butter, are doused by water cannons from Japanese harpoon ship, the Yūshin Maru No. 1.

Crew Warren Werrett and Laurens De Groot, from left, nap on ropes on the deck of the MV Steve Irwin.

Crew Warren Werrett and Laurens De Groot nap on ropes on the deck.

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  1. Wow, WOW!

    The first picture is truly amazing, can’t take my eyes away from it. The rest is great photodocumentary as well.

    A talented photographer, for sure, and a brave one!

  2. The first photo is a great photo, the rest of them are full of self serving eco-terrorists who should not be applauded.

  3. Thanks for sharing these. These photographs do a wonderful job of sharing how challenging this work can be on so many levels. While I have some compassion for cultures who have been raised with this as an acceptable form of livelihood, I do hope that compassion will overcome and that viable alternatives will help lead us all to more sustainable and humane ways of life.

  4. Today’s whaling is sustainable.
    Leave the whale eaters alone and stop marketing yuppie approved hate.

  5. Excellent work! Amazing pictures….it shows the beauty and power of our amazing ocean. As for the negative comments posted by those who are in favour of killing whales……next time I see your back-sides paddling in the sea, how about I harpoon you and see how you like it!!!!! With your attitudes, no wonder the planet’s many beautiful species are becoming extinct….and @ Tom: Get a life! These conversationists have a job and it’s more worthy of anything your small narrow mind can ever possibly conceive!

  6. I applaud their work and I am not a hippy….let the animals live….I wish I could be there to help….@tom is narrow minded…these mammals are smarter than him..!!

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