I began volunteering with Sea Shepherd in 2006 to fundraise for the whale defence campaigns. Unlike a lot of the crew onboard The Bob Barker I didn’t grow up around the ocean or have experience watching the degradation of marine life in my local waters. Much of what I know I learnt from a thirst for knowledge about the environment and the struggle for animal rights.
What struck me about the way in which we treat our environment was not necessarily the widespread disregard we show for other living beings but rather how the decimation of nature has simply become routine enough for us to not even question the degrees of morality in our behaviours. I think this couldn’t be more evident than when we look at the systematic slaughter of our great whales and the actions of those who brutally kill more of them each year in the pristine waters of the Southern Ocean.
Before joining The Bob Barker in 2011 I was working as an academic librarian for the University of Sheffield. Onboard the ship I work in the deck department as Bosun’s Mate. In this role I assist with anchoring, rope work, small boat handling, berthing and the ship’s general maintenance. Operation Relentless will be my third Antarctic Whale Defence Campaign where the direct interventions of Sea Shepherd Australia will once again shut down illegal whaling. Although at times we may think the fight is hopeless I’ve always felt it important to remember that “nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do little.”