The Operation Toxic Gulf crew are currently sailing the Gulf of Mexico in a 93ft ketch called the RV Odyssey to study the effects of the 2010 Bp oil blowout and it's subsequent 'clean-up' on the Sperm whales that called this area home. Operation Toxic Gulf is a two month long campaign made up of several 10 day long legs that leave from different Gulf Coast ports.
The RV Odyssey is sailed by an international crew of 10-12 people representing more than six countries. This video introduces Dr. Roger Payne; a very special crew member indeed. Dr. Roger Payne is a world renowned whale scientist, the Founder and President of Ocean Alliance and an old friend of Sea Shepherd Founder, Paul Watson. Dr. Payne was onboard for the second leg of campaign and the crew counted themselves lucky to have such an accomplished biologist and inspiring presence among their ranks. As president of Ocean Alliance, Dr. Payne was one of the key driving forces for making Operation Toxic Gulf a reality and even though he isn't onboard the Odyssey right now he remains an integral part of the team from onshore. To read Dr. Payne's full biography follow this link to the campaign website - seashepherd.org.au/toxic-gulf/meet-the-crew/.
To watch the video on our YouTube channel - youtube.com/watch?v=nUDS-TwivOY
For more information or to donate to the campaign - WWW.OPERATIONTOXICGULF.ORG
Operation Toxic Gulf is a collaborative campaign between Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Ocean Alliance.