Whales score victory in the Southern Oceans!

Posted on February 19, 2011


Sea Shepherd, a conservation society which campaigns towards protecting the seas around the world, achieved a major victory this week in the Southern Oceans.

Through months of campaigning against the Japanese whaling fleet, Sea Shepherd has deterred their onslaught and forced the Japanese Government to recall for this season.

Zoe Beckett, a Second Officer on board the Sea Shepherd vessel Gojira, a high-speed trimaran has been on two Antarctic Campaigns and transit the flagship Steve Irwin to New York City.

Ms Beckett explains the main tactic of Sea Shepherd is to simply find the factory ship, the “Nisshin Maru” and block the slipway used to transfer the whales from the harpoon “Kill” ships for processing.

“Whales are mammals not fish, there is a time limit between harpooning a live whale and processing a dead one; therefore by preventing transferral to the factory ship, causes the meat to turn, deeming it inedible,” Ms Beckett said.

Sea Shepherd annually impacts on the Japanese Government profits by interfering with their illegal operations in the Southern Ocean/Antarctica, and reducing the number of whales they catch.

Ms Beckett said The Australian Government has taken no active steps to stop illegal whaling in the waters within the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Sea Shepherd operates solely on donations and the people of Australia actively support the cause through generous donations, free services and businesses donating food produce, provisions and equipment and volunteers.

“Without the amazing support of the Australian people, Sea Shepherd could not have achieved this great outcome,

The whales say Thanks,” said Ms Beckett.

There is an estimated 900 whales saved this year through the triumph of Sea Shepherd, however, it is likely the Japanese whaling fleet will be back in the Southern Oceans again come December with the intent to kill over 1000 whales.


A. Is it Newsworthy?

Absolutely this story is newsworthy.  The story was actually covered globally by all levels of media.  The triumph by Sea Shepherd is a marking in history and has and will gain awareness to their cause as well as what is happening in the oceans that surround Australia.

B. Is the heading appropriate?

I feel the lead is very appropriate as it is stating the truth.  In this case, the whales did win with over 900 saved in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

C. Have you written a strong enough lead?

The lead is strong enough.  I feel many people reading it would relate to the story and gain interest as the media covered it worldwide.

D. Do the sources back up the story?

My source defiantly backs up the story as she was extremely involved in the cause and heavily involved with Sea Shepherd who is the main interest in the story…besides the whales.

E. Stylistically does it conform to news writing precedence? Read the BBC news style guide PDF in the readings for this week, and use the news writing story assessment criteria in the assessment folder as a guide.

The story to me does conform to news writing precedence.  Quoting and indirect quoting and the source was all appropriate. The story flows and reads well covering all major aspects.