Where, oh, where is the Thunder going? It has now been 78 days of pursuit of this toothfish poacher by the Sea Shepherd ship, Bob Barker. The poachers speed up and drift. They go east and then west again and drift. The intent is obvious; they are trying to outlast the crew on the Bob Barker, but Captain Peter Hammarstedt and his crew are not going to let these poachers go.
Meanwhile, Captain Sid Chakravarty is meeting with INTERPOL officials to organize the evidence of the Thunder's poaching activities, i.e. the 72 kilometers (approx. 44.7 miles) of gill net that the Thunder abandoned when it began to flee from the Bob Barker on Dec. 17.
The Austral Fisheries has commended Sea Shepherd along with the Australian and New Zealand governments for taking action against these illegal operations.
A few crewmembers have departed from the Sea Shepherd ship, Sam Simon to return home after months of service to the campaigns. They have been replaced by new crewmembers arriving in Mauritius.
As soon as the Sam Simon completes the investigations with INTERPOL in Mauritius, the ship will return to sea to assist the Bob Barker.