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50% of the profits from the sale of the Steve Irwin, Bob Barker and Bridgette Bardot are donated to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (Seashepherd.org)
As made famous on the Animal Planet TV show Whale Wars where Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS), and his crew aboard the Steve Irwin, Bob Barker and Bridgette Bardot harass Japanese whalers off the coast of Antarctica. Display proudly in your home or office this scale handcrafted wooden model of the Steve Irwin as it is a tribute to SSCS’s efforts.
- 14" Long x 3" Wide x 7" High (1:135 scale)
- Officially licensed by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS)
- Actual wood and metal parts provided by SSCS from the actual Steve Irwin were used, in part, to make each and every Steve Irwin model boat
- Limited edition model as only 1000 of each model will ever be produced
- Made out of fast growing softwood and other eco-friendly materials as per SSCS’s strict requirements
- Exhaustively researched and designed from plans/actual pictures of the Steve Irwin as provided by SSCS
- Amazing lifelike details such as: metal railings and staircases, SSCG flag and logo displayed, lifeboats on deck, anchor on the hull, helipad and much more!
On December 5, 2007 just before the 2007-2008 Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign: Operation Migaloo began to defend the whales of the Southern Oceans, the Sea Shepherd vessel M/Y Robert Hunter was officially re-named the Steve Irwin in honor of the late Australian conservationist. The name change was announced at a press conference by Irwin’s widow Terri Irwin and Captain Paul Watson at the Melbourne Docklands just prior to the ship’s departure to the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary.
Sea Shepherd is proud to partner with Terri Irwin for this name change as she and Steve have been world renowned for their conservation work. At the press conference, Terri stated that Steve would have been extremely honored to be acknowledged in this way as he shared Sea Shepherd’s passion for saving whales.
"Whales have always been in Steve’s heart and in 2006 he was investigating the possibility of joining the Sea Shepherd on part of its journey to defend these beautiful animals," Terri said.
The objective of Sea Shepherd’s Antarctic whale campaigns is to intervene against illegal whaling actions by the Japanese whaling fleet. The 2007-2008 Operation Migaloo campaign was very successful and the whalers only got about ½ their quota, due to theSteve Irwin’s intervention. The Steve Irwin is currently in Australia under going preparations for the next Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign.
"Steve Irwin’s life demonstrated how one person can make a significant difference in the world," said Watson. "Steve wanted to come to Antarctica with us to defend the whales and now he is able to join us in spirit with his name emblazoned on the fastest and most powerful whale protection ship in the world."
To see pictures of the Steve Irwin in action during the Operation Migaloo campaign, click here.
The ship, formerly known as the M/Y Robert Hunter was originally named after Canadian Robert Hunter, who along with President and Founder of Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson was a co-founder of the Greenpeace Foundation. Bob Hunter died in May 2005, and at his funeral, Captain Watson pledged to name an ocean conversation ship in his honor. That dream came to pass with the purchase of the M/Y Robert Hunter, a 53-meter, former Scottish Fisheries Protection Service vessel.
Carrying on her father’s activist genes, Robert Hunter’s daughter Emily Hunter joined the ship’s crew for Operation Leviathan; Sea Shepherd’s 2006-7 campaign to stop the Japanese whaling fleets’ illegal slaughter of over a thousand whales in Antarctica. The Robert Hunter has the long-range capability and fast speed needed to locate and keep up with the whalers. The new ship joined the Society’s flagship Farley Mowat in the Ross Sea of Antarctica with over 60 international volunteer crewmembers, a helicopter, and numerous smaller vessels.
"Bob and I were in the very first inflatable that blocked the harpoons of the whalers in 1975," said Captain Watson. "He was my shipmate from 1971 onward with Greenpeace and later joined me on many Sea Shepherd campaigns. With this ship, he was by my side once again in spirit continuing to defend whales.
The Operation Leviathan campaign succeeded in stopping the Japanese whaling fleet from getting their self-appointed quota of whales. To see photos and read more about the Operation Leviathan campaign click here.