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Ocean Raider: Defenders of the Wild (1993)

TV Movie  |  Documentary  |  16 January 1993 (UK)
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On the high seas, beyond the reach of the law, the ships that illegally kill whales, dolphins and seals can do so with little fear of punishment. But there is one sight that they have ... See full summary »


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On the high seas, beyond the reach of the law, the ships that illegally kill whales, dolphins and seals can do so with little fear of punishment. But there is one sight that they have learnt to dread: the black pirate flag of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. 'Set a pirate to catch a pirate', is founder Captain Paul Watson's motto and for twenty-five years he has put those words into action. This film follows the exploits of Watson and the crew of two of Sea Shepherd's vessels, as they sails thousands of miles across the North Pacific to confront the drift-netting fleets of Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. The voyage culminates in a dramatic dawn attack on Japanese driftnetters and bring the armed intervention of US Coastguard cutters and patrol aircraft. Watson is rightly proud that, in all their actions, no-one has ever been injured. But can he justify putting fishermen and whalers out of work? The films tracks the controversial career of this Greenpeace founder (membership card ... Written by Anonymous

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When authorities have little will to stop illegal fishing, the Sea Shepherd sets out to patrol the high seas.
12 September 2008 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This documentary is powerful and educational all in the one package. I am surprised no one has posted any user comments for this film and that it hasn't registered many votes. Possibly one of the most underrated documentaries ever made.

Just as one gets a feeling of despair that the human race is determined to strip the oceans bare, enter Paul Watson armed with only the Sea Shepherd to try and make a difference. What ensues is the most dramatic footage of Watson's tactical cat and mouse manoeuvres on the high seas, taunting vessels fishing illegally with banned drift nets. While the Sea Shepherd has no weapons, its bow is packed with concrete, making it an effective battering ram not to be messed with.

What distinguishes this documentary over other nature films, is the high drama that unfolds whenever Watson confronts a vessel fishing illegally. The subsequent stand-off is spectacular. Each manoeuvre requires precision timing, nerves of steel and all the time having to calculate what can be done to be a nuisance. The fact that one mistake could be extremely costly in terms of human lives makes it even more nerve racking.

The underlying theme is all to do with humanity's relentless pursuit of resources for profit and damn the consequences. This documentary may trigger a conscience for those who are unaware of the severe impacts the human species is placing on the world's ecosystems.

I therefore highly rate this documentary, which is not to be missed.

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