A sperm whale

Today the International Court of Justice handed down its long-anticipated decision on whether Japan's government-subsidised whaling programme in the Southern Ocean should be allowed to continue.

We have been campaigning against whaling since the seventies and this court case reminds me of all the dramatic images in our archive that our photographers took over the decades from the beginnings in the Pacific Ocean to our direct actions in the Southern Ocean.

Greenpeace crew member Michael Baily blockades a Russian harpoon ship in a Zodiac during the first anti-whaling campaign 1976 in the Pacific Ocean.© Greenpeace / Rex Weyler