Sailing with the Sea Shepherds

Teale Phelps Bondaroff


My PhD research in general looks at the strategies of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in international affairs, and specifically examines the strategy of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (Sea Shepherd). As part of my research into the strategy of Sea Shepherd, I undertook fieldwork where I engaged in participant observation on board the Sea Shepherd vessel the Bob Barker as it took part in ‘Operation No Compromise,’ from December 2, 2010 to March 6, 2011. The Bob Barker spent 95 days at sea, and was at the heart of an action-packed campaign, Sea Shepherd’s seventh campaign against Japanese Antarctic whaling and its most successful campaign to date. What follows is a collection of the e-mail updates which I sent home to friends and family throughout the duration of the campaign, via my partner who acted as intermediary.

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