Eco warriors pay visit to Auckland

Sea Shepherd boat en route to save whales

Last updated 15:14 18/12/2012
Brigitte Bardot
JOHN SELKIRK/Fairfax NZ

AHOY THERE: The Brigitte Bardot leaves the Hobson West Marina in Auckland.

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For the first time in 10 years one of the vessels among the marine conservation Sea Shepherd fleet has visited Auckland.

The 35m monohull trimaran Brigitte Bardot, had just returned from the South Pacific shark protection campaign, and was docked in Auckland before today leaving to join the rest of the Sea Shepherd fleet to protect targeted fin and minke whale populations in the Southern Ocean.

Sea Shepherd vessels aim to stop the Japanese whaling fleet from slaughtering whales.

Sea Shepherd's 2012-13 Operation Zero Tolerance is the organisation's largest campaign in International Whaling Commission protected waters and will feature four boats crewed by more than 120 conservationists from 23 countries, assisted by a helicopter, UAV drones and a fleet of small boats.

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