Saving our oceans – a message from the frontlines.

What’s happening in the Antartic seas and who is fighting for our oceans?

OBG donates food regularly to Sea Shepherd who are on the frontline saving sea life to maintain the balance of this fragile ecosystem.

We have toured each boat and admire how each skilled crewmember contributes in such tight confines, sometimes for months at sea, especially if damaged, awaiting repairs.

Hardworking folk who are battling the cold and challenges of survival need nourishment so we are glad to support Sea Shepherd keeping the oceans safe on our behalf.

An update from the front line:

Hi OBG,

I’m writing you from the Southern Ocean on board the M/Y Bob Barker. We are midway through Operation Relentless, a long and challenging campaign to defend the great whales from the illegal harpoons of a criminal whaling operation in a whale sanctuary.

After our three ships found the factory whaling ship, the Nisshin Maru, in early January in the middle of their bloody and barbaric business, we made sure the whalers had a disastrous January — which is normally the month they can kill the most whales.

The Bob Barker and Steve Irwin valiantly fought against a ruthless attack by the harpoon ships in rough weather. The Yushin Maru 3 hit the Bob Barker, damaging the starboard side of our bow. If you haven’t seen the footage, you can see the action on http://seashepherd.org.au/.

The volunteer crew has been working round the clock. At sea, the ship operates 24 hours a day and there are no days off at sea, regardless of how rough or cold the conditions.

Being at sea for three months is difficult enough in itself, but add confrontations with a whaling fleet, rough weather and ravenous crew members and you’ve got an exhausted galley team. Thanks to your generous donation of delicious nutritional yeast and wheat gluten, life at sea is much better!

We’re more grateful than ever for all healthy food you supplied the crew for this Antarctic voyage. We’ve enjoyed the nutritional yeast in many different dishes and made all kinds of high protein dishes with the wheat gluten such as BBQ seitan and seitan roast for Christmas dinner. We want you to know how much of a treat it is to have delicious, healthy foods like yours at sea!

Commitment to our clients is the reason why we spend 3 months in the harsh Southern Ocean pursuing illegal whalers. In the last couple months, we have been visited by young and curious minke whales not yet aware of the horror of the harpoons, jumping humpbacks, and magnificent endangered fin whales. We know each of these individuals, many of whom are new mothers and juveniles, could be the whalers’ next victim.

Thanks to your meaningful support for Operation Relentless and previous whale defense campaigns, we can continue being effective saving whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and ensuring the sanctuary is actually a place of peace and refuge for the whales. Every whale saved is a victory, and a victory you are helping achieve.

For the oceans,
Andrea Gordon
Ship Manager, M/Y Bob Barker

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