Actress Daryl Hannah
will sail for the inhospitable
South Ocean on Wednesday
as part of a campaign to
stop Japanese whalers from
slaughtering the giant animals,
WENN reports December 2nd.
Hannah, best known for her role as
a mermaid in the 1984 hit “Splash”,
will be part of the militant Sea Shepherd
Conservation Society’s annual campaign
to find, track and impede the whaling ships.
The film star on Wednesday will join the
“Steve Irwin”, which departs from the
eastern Australian city of Brisbane,
for the first week of the voyage.
“Passionate about the issues facing
our planet, Hannah will join the crew,”
Sea Shepherd said in a statement.
The star of films such as “Blade Runner”
and “Kill Bill” said more needed to be
done to stop the Japanese from killing
endangered species in the waters off
“It is surprising and shocking to me
that governments are not doing this work —
that it is up to individuals and
non-government organisations to
uphold international law and protect
she told AAP news agency.
The “Steve Irwin”, named for the
late Australian “Crocodile Hunter”
who died in 2006 from a stingray barb,
is the only vessel to attempt to follow
the Japanese whalers on their annual
whale hunt this year.
Greenpeace, which has sent ships
to the Southern Ocean nine times in
the past two decades to track the hunt,
will not send a vessel this year,
instead concentrating on its campaign
within Japan to stop the slaughter.
The Australian government,
which last year sent a Customs ship
to collect data on the killings that
Japan says is for scientific purposes,
will not send a boat either.
Monitoring will be left to New Zealand,
which will send air force planes to
oversee the whaling fleet in Antarctic waters.
Japan — which aims to kill 1,000 whales
a year using a loophole in a 1986 global
moratorium that allows “lethal research”
on the ocean giants —
only managed to make about half
its quota last season because of
interference from the activists.