MV Steve Irwin

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MV Steve Irwin is a 59-meter (195 ft) ship owned by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The vessel was built in 1975 and formerly served as a Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency conservation enforcement patrol boat, the FPV Westra, for 28 years. Sea Shepherd had previously christened the vessel the MV Robert Hunter after Canadian Robert Hunter, co-founder of the Greenpeace Foundation, but was renamed in honor of the late Crocodile Hunter host Steve Irwin on December 5, 2007. Irwin had considered joining the vessel on a voyage to Antarctica shortly before his death, and the renaming was endorsed by his widow Terri. The MV Steve Irwin is featured in Whale Wars, a weekly reality television series that premiered on November 7, 2008 on Animal Planet. The show follows Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he and his crew attempt to deter Japanese ships that hunt whales in the name of research. On February 6, the MV Steve Irwin collided with the vessel Yushin Maru No. 2 and later with the vessel Yushin Maru No. 3 while they were whaling in the Southern Ocean. The Japanese-based Institute of Cetacean Research claimed that MV Steve Irwin deliberately turned into the stern side of the vessel Yushin Maru No. 3 to ram her. Video footage of the incident was later released by the institute showing the incident. MV Steve Irwin's operator Paul Watson denied the ramming, saying "They weren't rammed, two vessels collided - the Yushin Maru 3 and the Steve Irwin when they shot in front of us to transfer whale. [READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE]







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