Marine conservation group Sea Shepherd will name its newest vessel after Jairo Mora Sandoval, a sea turtle conservationist who was slain on a Costa Rican beach last month.
The news was announced by Captain Paul Watson in a post on his Facebook page:
"Sea Shepherd UK has acquired a new addition to the Sea Shepherd fleet to be named the Jairo Mora Sandoval in honour of the 26 year old sea turtle conservationist who was murdered last month at Playa Moin beach on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. The unveiling of the vessel will take place in August. We do not want the name of this courageous and passionate young man to be forgotten and hopefully this will help to keep his memory alive. I have also offered $30,000 in cash as a reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his murder."
Mora was beaten to death after he was kidnapped and tortured by at least five masked assailants May 31 on Moin beach near Limon, Costa Rica. Four female volunteers who were with him were also kidnapped but escaped.
Watson says he is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people who killed Mora.
Sea Shepherd is known for its direct action approach to stop whaling. The group has sunk at least 10 whaling vessels.
(Story from mongabay.com.)