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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 »

Also Known As:

Bálnák háborúja See more »

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Decent stuff, but for all the bad reasons.
28 August 2009 | by TheEmulator23See all my reviews

This is not a classic program & the people chasing the whalers really don't have any clue about cultural or religious aspects on why the Japanese or other cultures eat things that we wouldn't. I enjoy the show, but mainly because of the way they all conduct themselves. You know other cultures eat dogs, cats, or whatever but for some reason that seems to pretty well ignored. What everyone reminds you of on the ship is these are all of the people that were made fun of or booed at because of their lack of education or just plain ignorance. Greenpeace is already messed up, though I can understand saving some animals to a certain extent, but for this so-called "Captain" getting voted out 11-1 as his was the only dissenting vote, is pretty pathetic in it's own right. Back to the show, it's enjoyable, but if you take anything that is being done seriously well that's sad. How these people can take off 2 months at a time w/out losing their job if they aren't already mooching off their respective countries. It's doubtful anyone would hire these borderline personalities to begin with, well who knows. Their is a line that needs to be drawn as far as conservation is concerned and what's even worse is that they most definitely cause more harm than if they did nothing. These people all have such high self-importance of themselves that quite simply doesn't exist. If you want to get a couple chuckles & see how NOT to conserve, well this is for you, if you take it all seriously and cry when a whale is killed, well skip it.

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