We are Sea Shepherd
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization.
Established in 1977, our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. We use innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
We are Sea Shepherd
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization.
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We are one of the few global environmental organizations that focuses primarily on direct action. 

Whether it is on the ground in Taiji, patrolling the Gulf of California, or fighting poachers in the Galapagos, we are in field working hard to protect our marine environment.

How to Support Sea Shepherd

We are one of the few global environmental organizations that focuses primarily on direct action. 

Whether it is on the ground in Taiji, patrolling the Gulf of California, or fighting poachers in the Galapagos, we are in field working hard to protect our marine environment.

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The animals and environments we protect are located across the globe, so we need your support to send help when it is needed. Please donate today.
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Sea Shepherd has a long and rich history protecting animals and the ocean environment. You can learn more about us by reading our history.
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Whether helping with your local chapter, traveling to a distant country to stop animal attrocities, or crewing one of our ships at sea, we have a place for you.
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A smoothhound shark entangled in the gill net. Photo: Giacomo Bruno
February 19, 2017

Operation Milagro III Update: Suffocating Sharks

On Wednesday 15th of February, the M/V Farley Mowat retrieved three totoaba nets off the shores of San Felipe, just a few miles away from the Vaquita…
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February 19, 2017

Operation Milagro III Update: Death by Gillnets; Whale is Latest Victim

On the 16th of February 2017, the M/V Sam Simon spotted a dead whale on the horizon. The animal, which appeared to be entangled in gillnets, was in…
Dead dolphin on the deck of the Sam Simon
February 18, 2017

Operation Milagro III Update: Day of the Dead Dolphins

On February 11th, three days before the international World Love For Dolphin’s Day, Sea Shepherd discovered 14 dolphin corpses floating between the…
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Cyber Sale
November 25, 2016

Holiday 20% Off Cyber Sale

This holiday season you can give an eco-ethical gift while helping to defend, conserve and protect our oceans. Browse our holiday shopping…
Save the Date
November 18, 2016

On Giving Tuesday We Need You...

Save the vaquita porpoise and other marine species On Monday, we will officially launch our most ambitious campaign this year, Operation Milagro III.…
Photo: Omar Vidal
October 14, 2016

Sea Shepherd announces matching gift challenge to save the vaquita porpoise

Dear Friends, Because of you, thousands of endangered and threatened whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, sharks and other marine mammals have…
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Taiji: Hell on Earth for Dolphins
Taiji: Hell on Earth for Dolphins
New video with drone footage from Sea Shepherd's Cove Guardians Operation Infinite Patience 2016/17 Campaign.
From the JV to the JPD
From the JV to the JPD
Sea Shepherd crew transform the former M/V Jules Verne in to the new M/V John Paul DeJoria, as they work to get it ready for the grand unveiling on January 31st, 2017 in Miami, Florida.
Operation Milagro III: Unprecedented Amount of Illegal Nets Pulled in a 48-Hour Period
Operation Milagro III: Unprecedented Amount of Illegal Nets Pulled in a 48-Hour Period
Over 1000 Animals Saved - Sea Shepherd’s M/V Farley Mowat and M/V Sam Simon pulled a record number of illegal gillnets – 18 -- in Mexico’s Gulf of California during a 48 hour period, saving and releasing over 1000 marine animals including Hammerhead Sharks, Mantis Shrimp, Guitar Fish, Crabs an...
Biodiversity in the Gulf of California
Biodiversity in the Gulf of California
Once called the World’s Aquarium by Jacques Cousteau, the Gulf of California has always had a high level of endemism. Today, fishing is the main cause of the destruction of its ecosystem. Featuring Sea Shepherd crew and Dr. Roy Houston, professor emeritus of biology at Loyola Marymount Universit...
Unveiling of the M/V John Paul DeJoria
Unveiling of the M/V John Paul DeJoria
On Tuesday, January 31, 2017, Sea Shepherd unveiled its ninth vessel, the M/V John Paul DeJoria, at EPIC Marina in Miami, Florida. Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson and John Paul DeJoria were on hand for the press conference and a ceremonial bottle of the DeJoria-owned Patron Tequila was smas...
Sea Shepherd Rescues Fisherman in the Gulf of California (with subtitles)
Sea Shepherd Rescues Fisherman in the Gulf of California (with subtitles)
On the night of the 25th, The Farley Mowat came across fishermen in a small panga boat. When approached by The Farley, the fishermen fled at high speed. Some distance from the fishing boat, The Farley crew noticed a large splash as fishing boat come to a stop. Once arriving on the scene, the Farle...
Taiji, Japan - Dolphins for Cash
Taiji, Japan - Dolphins for Cash
Taiji, Japan. Where dolphins are seen as commodities, dead or alive. The hunting is fueled not by tradition or by a need for food, but by out-and-out greed. A lust for money. Money that is tainted by the blood of the slaughtered dolphins and the misery of those families torn apart. Go to http://www....
Why Just One NYC screening Q&A
Why Just One NYC screening Q&A
On December 16, 2016, the New York City chapter hosted the premiere of Why Just One? Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s first full length, in-house documentary. The sold-out event was Captain Paul Watson's his first New York appearance at a Sea Shepherd event since returning to the United States...
Sea Shepherd vs Poachers in the Gulf of California
Sea Shepherd vs Poachers in the Gulf of California
Six fishing boats engaged in illegal activities were spotted by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, ending in their arrest by the Mexican Navy.
Ghost Nets Go; Vaquitas Stay
Ghost Nets Go; Vaquitas Stay
Sea Shepherd and the M/V Farley Mowat break down how illegal underwater nets in the Sea of Cortez are snagged, pulled, cut and bundled. Footage also includes freeing and releasing live animals from the nets and cataloging those who unfortunately did not make it.
Sam Simon arrives in Mexico for Operation Milagro III
Sam Simon arrives in Mexico for Operation Milagro III
The Sam Simon has arrived in Mexico to join the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society-led campaign, Operation Milagro III. A partnership between Sea Shepherd and the Mexican authorities, Operation Milagro III intercepts, intervenes and interrupts any illegal activities found in the Vaquita refuge in the...
Divina Guadalupe Beaked Whale Research Project
Divina Guadalupe Beaked Whale Research Project
**If you cannot see the captions on this video, just click on CC on the lower right corner of video settings on the video ** #Breaking #SeaShepherd helps scientists learn more about #rare Beaked whales! Did you know that Cuvier's Beaked whales hold the record for the deepest mammalian dive? Watch t...
Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Operation Milagro III Campaign Launch Video
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is returning to Mexico’s Gulf of California for Operation Milagro III to save the near extinct vaquita marina porpoise and the endangered totoaba bass. The M/V Farley Mowat is back on active duty with the M/V Sam Simon joining the Milagro campaign for the first ti...
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
Sea Shepherd Investigates Whale Corpse in Sea of Cortez
The Farley Mowat Sea Shepherd crew is called out to investigate a dead Brydes whale in the Gulf of California on November 5th, 2016 while patrolling the vaquita refuge. To help the Sea Shepherd crew to continue its work in the Sea of Cortez, including protecting the near-extinct vaquita marina porpo...
Entanglement in the South
Entanglement in the South
Operation Guardian Angel - In and around Bahia de Los Angeles, in the Gulf of California, countless marine species are entrapped in nets with little or no hope of rescue. Rosalia Tellez works for CONANP, a department of the Mexican government that acts as park rangers to enforce laws and assist in ...
Good and Bad Days
Good and Bad Days
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers over the course of two days. The first day Sea Shepherd locates and removes a long line from the sea; fortunately no animals were caught in the net. However, the next day volunteers find a sea lion that has been caught and died in a fisherman's net.
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Operation Virus Hunter Campaign Summary
Sea Shepherd campaign Operation Virus Hunter saw the vessel RV Martin Sheen under the leadership of Alexandra Morton, head up the coast of British Columbia Canada to expose open pen Atlantic salmon farms and the impact they are having on wild Pacific salmon and the the surrounding eco-systems.
Illegal Totoaba Nets
Illegal Totoaba Nets
This video follows Sea Shepherd volunteers through the process of locating, retrieving and disposing of illegal nets in the Gulf of California.
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
Discovering Alleged Wild Salmon Dead in Fish Farms
August 12th 2016: Early Thursday morning the R/V Martin Sheen assisted Melissa Willie, a band councilor of the Musgamagw Dza’wada’enuxw nation, in hand delivering a letter to three farms expressing the nations disapproval of the industry. Sea Shepherd crew alongside independent biologist Alexand...
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
The Grind of the Faroe Islands
Ross McCall travels to the Faroe Islands to explore the truths behind the centuries old tradition of the brutal Pilot Whale drives.
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Operation Virus Hunter: A Salmon PSA with Pamela Anderson
Sea Shepherd Chairman of the Board, actor/activist Pamela Anderson, cautions viewers about the dangers of eating farmed salmon.
Why Just One?  Indiegogo Video
Why Just One? Indiegogo Video
Support Sea Shepherd's documentary by sharing and backing our Indiegogo campaign here: http://bit.ly/1OfvER6
Milagro Summary - English
Milagro Summary - English
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Operation Milagro II has come to an end. Milagro is its campaign to fight the looming extinction of the vaquita porpoise, the most endangered marine mammal in the world. With an estimate of less than 100 surviving vaquita, Sea Shepherd ships the R/V Martin Sheen...
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Operation Milagro II: Vlog 15 - Good Bye
Watch the crew of the Farley Mowat capture footage of illegal fishing activity with a night vision drone and pull up a totoaba net in the dead of night. This is the final vlog of Operation Milagro II!
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project
Sea Shepherd's Ethical Research Whale Project is dedicated to collect samples from whales in the Gulf of California to measure levels of toxins in whales in order to determine the levels of toxins in the Gulf of California itself. Learn more at: www.seashepherd.org
A smoothhound shark entangled in the gill net. Photo: Giacomo Bruno
February 19, 2017

Operation Milagro III Update: Suffocating Sharks

On Wednesday 15th of February, the M/V Farley Mowat retrieved three totoaba nets off the shores of San Felipe, just a few miles away from the Vaquita…
news 170219 1 2 GB 170218 dead whale 45A2681 1000w
February 19, 2017

Operation Milagro III Update: Death by Gillnets; Whale is Latest Victim

On the 16th of February 2017, the M/V Sam Simon spotted a dead whale on the horizon. The animal, which appeared to be entangled in gillnets, was in…
Dead dolphin on the deck of the Sam Simon
February 18, 2017

Operation Milagro III Update: Day of the Dead Dolphins

On February 11th, three days before the international World Love For Dolphin’s Day, Sea Shepherd discovered 14 dolphin corpses floating between the…
Cyber Sale
November 25, 2016

Holiday 20% Off Cyber Sale

This holiday season you can give an eco-ethical gift while helping to defend, conserve and protect our oceans. Browse our holiday shopping…
Save the Date
November 18, 2016

On Giving Tuesday We Need You...

Save the vaquita porpoise and other marine species On Monday, we will officially launch our most ambitious campaign this year, Operation Milagro III.…
Photo: Omar Vidal
October 14, 2016

Sea Shepherd announces matching gift challenge to save the vaquita porpoise

Dear Friends, Because of you, thousands of endangered and threatened whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles, sharks and other marine mammals have…