The non-profit marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd recently deployed its new anti-poaching boat, 'Ocean Warrior,' into the Antalya Harbour in Turkey, with Captain Alex Cornelissen saying: "Poachers beware; here she comes."
The custom-built 175-foot vessel is designed to crack down on illegal fishing, be tough enough to endure the harsh conditions of the cold Antarctic waters and launch both boats and helicopters as needed. Although the Ocean Warrior is large and slow-moving, it's actually now the fastest boat in Sea Shepherd's fleet.
In the past, Sea Shepherd has targeted Japanese fishing fleets that take and kill whales from the Antarctic Ocean, despite these actions being outlawed by the International Court of Justice. Sea Shepherd's Ocean Warrior will equip the organization to intervene during operations like this one in order to protect whales and other creatures of the sea.