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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 ...  Himself (helicopter pilot) / ... 27 episodes, 2008-2012
Paul Watson ...  Himself (captain) / ... 26 episodes, 2008-2015
Peter Hammarstedt Peter Hammarstedt ...  Himself / ... 25 episodes, 2008-2012
Benjamin Potts Benjamin Potts ...  Himself (helicopter chief deck) / ... 24 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 ...  Herself 15 episodes, 2009-2011
Luke Van Horn Luke Van Horn ...  Himself 15 episodes, 2009-2011
Pete Bethune Pete Bethune ...  Himself 14 episodes, 2010
Alex Cornelissen Alex Cornelissen ...  Himself - Bob Barker Captain / ... 13 episodes, 2011-2012
Lockhart Maclean Lockhart Maclean ...  Himself - Captain / ... 13 episodes, 2011-2012
Jason Hildebrandt ...  Narrator 13 episodes, 2008-2011
Fiona McCuaig Fiona McCuaig ...  Herself / ... 12 episodes, 2011-2012
Amber Paarman Amber Paarman ...  Herself - 2nd Cook, South Africa / ... 11 episodes, 2008-2011
Chad Halstead 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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Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Bálnák háborúja See more »

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Great people doing an amazing job!
25 November 2011 | by elejumpSee all my reviews

Love this show, it highlights the completely unnecessary whaling that is still going on today. Yes they don't always get the best crew but what can you expect when all they can afford is volunteers. Paul and his regular crew are brilliant at what they do. The show is fairly well made and does its job of informing people what is still happening. The crew are very brave and thrown into a world they think they understand but soon learn just how difficult and dangerous it is.

Those people who have reviewed and said this is a comedy and rubbish and clearly clueless. The Sea Shephards do an amazing job and even if they cannot stop the Japanese Whaling Fleet they can certainly hinder how much of their quota they can actually catch, allowing the whales time to recover. Whaling is disgusting and so outdated now its about time it was made fully illegal and these whalers learnt that there is no need for it anymore today. Well done Sea Shephards for actually doing something! I only wish I was out there with you!

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