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Whale Wars 

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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 use to cripple it.




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Series cast summary:
Chris Aultman Chris Aultman ...  Self (helicopter pilot) / ... 27 episodes, 2008-2012
Paul Watson ...  Self (captain) / ... 26 episodes, 2008-2015
Peter Hammarstedt Peter Hammarstedt ...  Self / ... 24 episodes, 2008-2012
Benjamin Potts Benjamin Potts ...  Self (helicopter chief deck) / ... 22 episodes, 2008-2012
Giacomo Gorgi Giacomo Gorgi ...  Bosun 21 episodes, 2011-2015
Laurens de Groot Laurens de Groot ...  Deckhand / ... 17 episodes, 2008-2011
Michael May Michael May ...  Mikey May / ... 16 episodes, 2011-2012
Laura Dakin Laura Dakin ...  Self 11 episodes, 2009-2011
Luke Van Horn Luke Van Horn ...  Self 11 episodes, 2009-2011
Pete Bethune Pete Bethune ...  Self 14 episodes, 2010
Alex Cornelissen Alex Cornelissen ...  Self - Bob Barker Captain / ... 13 episodes, 2011-2012
Lockhart Maclean Lockhart Maclean ...  Self - Captain / ... 13 episodes, 2011-2012
Jason Hildebrandt ...  Narrator 13 episodes, 2008-2011
Fiona McCuaig Fiona McCuaig ...  Self / ... 10 episodes, 2011-2012
Amber Paarman Amber Paarman ...  Self - 2nd Cook, South Africa / ... 11 episodes, 2008-2011
Chad Halstead Chad Halstead ...  Self - 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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Conceptually fine but flawed by its actuality
26 July 2019 | by jetskiboybzeSee all my reviews

I fully agree with the concept of Sea Shepherd in terms of their anti whaling efforts although not with all of their interference in all spheres of marine life conservation. These efforts should for the most part be lauded whilst the International community should be condemned for their inactivity in upholding International law. However the show fails for me for the total ineptitude and over the top attitude of most of the crew. It appears that the editing is focused on stupid facial expressions and over the top platitudes and this makes me squirm literally. If it focused on genuine as it happens events and results it would be far more palatable. The crew when on camera should be more honest and less concerned with their 15 minutes of fames and attempts to get across how ridiculously green they are. This portrayal certainly dissuades me from actively supporting what is very well meant enterprise. Even the Captains and Head Honcho Paul Watson come across as morons in terms of stating the glaringly obvious solely for grandiose dramatic effect and just results in me hating them for their misguided idea that this helps their cause. It doesnt! Just try to get the job done without all the theatrical heroics and I might respect you and support you more. I would also be interested in testing their continual insistence that they would give their individual lives for a whale. As ex military I severely suspect that confronted with the actuality of this statement that their opinions might change. I have no problem with that but don't say what you aren't really willing to back up. We will hopefully never have to find out who's right on this issue.

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7 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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