Defender of Sharks Violates Bail, Whereabouts Unknown


Written by Mat McDermott

There’s a new strange twist in the saga of Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson, under house arrest in Germany, out on bail while awaiting extradition proceedings that could send him to Costa Rica to face charges stemming from a decade-old confrontation with illegal shark finners.

Media reports (CNN, The Local) say Watson has apparently violated terms of his bail, not reporting in to authorities this past Sunday. His whereabouts are currently unknown according to these reports.

His lawyer has told a German court that Watson has left Germany “for an unspecified destination.”

In response, an official statement from the court: “Since by fleeing, Watson has shown that he cannot justify the trust placed in him, the extradition process has been restarted.”

Watson has previously said that he would willingly return to Costa Rica to face the charges, but would not submit to pre-trial detention in Costa Rica as he has a $20,000+ bounty on his head, placed there by the so-called shark fin mafia, and he fears for his life. Costa Rica has guaranteed Watson’s safety.

For more detail on Watson’s detention, please see the links to the left.

Watson is, of course, one of the central figures in Animal Planet’s Whale Wars series. TreeHugger has requests in for more information on Watson’s location, and for clarification on the events in question. We’ll update you as soon as we have the relevant info.

UPDATE (08:45pm July 25):
Sea Shepherd has confirmed that Paul Watson has indeed left Germany, though even the administration of Sea Shepherd seems to not know where Watson is at the moment:

“Captain Watson’s attorney reports he has left Germany,” said Susan Hartland, Administrative Director of Sea Shepherd. We have reason to believe from a reliable source that, once in Costa Rica, the Japanese Government may have sought extradition of Captain Watson to Japan to answer charges related to obstructing their illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. We have no further information and are not in touch with him. We will do our best to provide more details as we learn more. We will post any new information as it arrives and we are able to confirm its validity.”

This post was originally published by TreeHugger.


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Colin McCarthy-Stewart

If he turned up on my doorstep I'd hide him from the totally unlawful governments who just want him out of the picture. Take care Paul and remember, f**k them if they can't take a joke! Go Sea Shepherd :)

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you TreeHugger, for Sharing this!

Diane L.
Diane L5 years ago

I've been very open about being a follower of the SSCS and of Paul Watson, personally. I also do not agree with him 100%, nor think everything he does is beyond reproach. I disagree with Bill C. as well, Mark D., but seriously, we don't tell other members here to "shut up" because we disagree with them! Your comments are rude and disrespectful. No matter if we agree with somebody else or not, we're supposed to be tolerant of their right to believe what they want and to say how they feel. Everyone's opinions here are equal. How DARE you make fun of Carl's avatar..........especially when you don't even have the guts to post your own. What a hypocrite.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner5 years ago

Bill C. Shut up you have never lifted a finger to help the future of the earth and its environment for even one percent of what Watson has. everything he has done is superbly ethical as far as I'm concerned and is justified under any honest international law ..skipping bail from those kangaroo courts was as a brilliant move on the part of Captain Watson.. he will have all of those phony "proceedings" dropped by the facists in Germany who pretend their phony laws, and he will live to fight another day. Go cry in your beer.

Mark Donners
Mark Donner5 years ago

Don't pay attention to that lowlife Carl N. (with the fangs, signifying he is a criminal element). Paul Watson is a hero beyond heros, and deserves only admiration and praise.

Jenny Grinstead
Jenny Grinstead5 years ago

May all that is good come your way, as you continue your peaceful fight for justice, for the animals of this planet.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons5 years ago

run as fast as you can back to save more sharks.

Helen Buchanan
Helen Buchanan5 years ago

RUN PAUL RUN!!! you don't see charges filed against the Japanese who are killing whales against international laws. Research my ass. If Paul didn't do something there would be no one helping them. I would love for him to take on the disgusting people that call themselves human who torture dogs and cats for food in Asian countries.

Biby C.
Biby C5 years ago

While I'm not a big fan of Mr. Watson's tactics, I wish him well.

Elizabeth J.
Elizabeth J5 years ago

I support anyone who is trying to stop the abuse and cruelty of animals.