Capt. Paul Watson is a rock star in the ocean conservation world. As one of the co-founders of Greenpeace International and the founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Capt. Watson has dedicated his life to protecting marine life from human encroachment and harm.

Under his guidance, Sea Shepherd has become an internationally-known name, thanks to the organization’s front-of-the-line work documenting the atrocities that occur annually against dolphins in Taiji, Japan’s infamous cove, in addition to the nonprofit’s anti-poaching interventions in the South Antarctic Whale Sanctuary and other marine areas.

For his immense dedication to ocean protection, Capt. Watson has received numerous honors and awards over the years including honorary citizenship to the French town of St. Jean Cap Ferrat, a Genesis Award, and the George H.W. Bush Daily Points of Light Award. His lists of honors and accomplishments are truly astonishing and run on and on.

In addition to his advocacy work, Capt. Watson is a published author, having penned titles such as “Sea Shepherd: My Fight for Whales and Seals,” “Ocean Warrior,” and “Seal Wars.”

Recently, Capt. Watson appeared on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” where he sat down with Maher to discuss the fate of the world’s oceans and why urgent action is needed. In this fantastic interview, Capt. Watson explains what Sea Shepherd is doing to help and who the real scrutiny needs to fall on.

As Capt. Watson has previously said, “I have been honored to serve the whales, dolphins, seals – and all the other creatures on this Earth. Their beauty, intelligence, strength, and spirit have inspired me. These beings have spoken to me, touched me, and I have been rewarded by friendship with many members of different species. If the whales survive and flourish, if the seals continue to live and give birth, and if I can contribute to ensuring their future prosperity, I will be forever happy.”

Image source: Jo-Anne MacArthur / Sea Shepherd