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Whale Wars (2008– )

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This stunning and dangerous limited series spotlights both the controversial Japanese whaling trade and the tactics that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and its staff and volunteers ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Chris Aultman ...
 Himself - Helicopter Pilot / ... (25 episodes, 2008-2012)
 Himself / ... (21 episodes, 2008-2015)
Peter Hammarstedt ...
 Himself - 2nd Mate, Sweden / ... (21 episodes, 2008-2012)
Benjamin Potts ...
 Himself - Deckhand, Australia / ... (20 episodes, 2008-2012)
Laurens de Groot ...
 Deckhand / ... (16 episodes, 2008-2011)
Michael May ...
 Mikey May / ... (16 episodes, 2011-2012)
Laura Dakin ...
 Herself (15 episodes, 2009-2011)
Luke Van Horn ...
 Himself (15 episodes, 2009-2011)
Alex Cornelissen ...
 Himself - Bob Barker Captain / ... (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Lockhart Maclean ...
 Himself - Captain / ... (13 episodes, 2011-2012)
Fiona McCuaig ...
 Herself / ... (12 episodes, 2011-2012)
Amber Paarman ...
 Herself - 2nd Cook, South Africa (11 episodes, 2008-2011)
Chad Halstead ...
 Himself - Small Boat Driver / ... (11 episodes, 2011-2012)


This stunning and dangerous limited series spotlights both the controversial Japanese whaling trade and the tactics that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and its staff and volunteers use to cripple it. Aboard the Motor Yacht "Steve Irwin" the group seeks out the Japanese whaling fleet and then uses it's Delta Zodiac, helicopter, and other innovative techniques to enforce the law, including close-quarters ship-to-ship contact, to disable and/or sink the Japanese whaling ships in the fight to enforce international laws on the high seas where law enforcement is minimal or non-existent. The successful confrontations disrupt whale carcass processing and disperse the fleet of whaling vessels. Written by Robert G. Case

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Great comedy if it were not so pathetically manipulative...
24 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First off, I oppose whaling, but frankly if this troop of inexperienced sea crew were the ones out to save the whale, and I was a whale, I would beach myself. Not only are they inept, the last episode's staged gun shot to the captain was enough to set me over the edge and consider this nothing more than propaganda and trash. It is no wonder that Green Peace distanced themselves for the Captain and his lemmings. This show does more to hurt the anti-whaling movement than to help it. Not only is the crew inept, they have no integrity.

At first the show was humorous with its daily following of the inexperienced crew that is sailing out to Artic waters and we get to see that they are all environmentally conscious as well as "veggies". Their dedication to saving whales over rides their common sense as well as that as the Captain for obtaining such a crew of idealists that really don't know the aft from the stern. Here they are thrust into dangerous waters with nothing but the power of hope. Sounds suicidal doesn't it? You almost get the sense you are watching a crew lead by Jim Jones sailing only on ideals.

But with the last episode of the ship throwing bottles of acid at the deck of a Japanese Whaler in order to stink up the deck and spoil the whaling meat, the Captain fakes being shot by what he claims was one of the Japanese whaling ship's crew. It is so obviously staged that one cannot pretend that these people are not only misguided, but will lie to get attention to set themselves up as martyrs and victims of the Japanese Whaling Industry.

I opposed whaling, but I detest these people more and their Captain who will go to any length to bolster his ego as being the lone fighter against Whalers. I honestly think he probably doesn't even care about the Whales more than he does his image as their savior.

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