Whale Wars - The Sea Shepards

?? - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )




Whale Wars: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whale_Wars

Whale Wars is a one-hour weekly American documentary-style reality television series that premiered on November 7, 2008 on the Animal Planet cable channel. The program follows Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he and his crew aboard the MV Steve Irwin attempt to deter Japanese ships that hunt minke and fin whales off the coast of Antarctica.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society disputes the Japanese claim that the whaling done in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is legally accepted research and is instead banned commercially based whaling. Sea Shepherd has been both criticized and praised for tactics which include throwing stink bombs at, boarding, and attempting to disable the Japanese vessels. Due to the controversial nature of the show, Animal Planet displays the disclaimer:

"The following program contains commentary and opinions that do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Animal Planet."

Paul Watson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Watson

Paul Franklin Watson, (born December 2, 1950) is a Canadian animal rights and environmental activist. He is the founder and president of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

(Some info on him from Wiki)

In October 1969, Watson joined a Sierra Club protest against nuclear testing at Amchitka Island. The group which formed as a result of that protest was the Don't Make a Wave Committee, which evolved into the group known today as Greenpeace. Watson was a founding member of the organization and sailed as a crewmember aboard the Greenpeace Too! ship in 1971. and skippered the Greenpeace boat Astral in 1972. Greenpeace states that while Watson "was an influential early member", he was not a founding member.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Main article: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

The first Sea Shepherd vessel, the Sea Shepherd, was purchased in December 1978 with assistance from Fund for Animals. Sea Shepherd soon established itself as one of the more controversial environmental groups, known for provocative direct action tactics. These tactics have included throwing objects onto the decks of whaling ships, the use of "prop foulers" in an attempt to sabotage the ships, boarding whaling vessels, and the scuttling of two ships in an Icelandic harbor. Watson remains the leader of Sea Shepherd today and uses the title "Captain" in reference to his role in the organization, although has never been licensed as a ship's captain. The organization and its activities to halt whaling are the focus of a reality TV series, Whale Wars, airing on Animal Planet.

Other environmental activities

Watson was a field correspondent for Defenders of Wildlife from 1976 to 1980 and a field representative for the Fund for Animals from 1978 to 1981. Watson also was a co-founder of Friends of the Wolf and Earthforce Environmental Society.

During the 1980s, Watson declared his support for Earth First! and cultivated friendships with David Foreman and Edward Abbey. He proclaimed Sea Shepherd to be the "navy" of Earth First! Watson has claimed to have invented the tactic of tree spiking.

Although currently unaffiliated with it, Watson did work with the Green Party of British Columbia in Vancouver in the 1980s and 90s. He ran for mayor in 1996, placing fourth.

In April 2003, Watson was elected to the board of directors of the Sierra Club for a three-year term. In 2006, he did not seek re-election. He resigned from the board a month before his term ended, in protest against the organization's sponsorship of a "Why I Hunt" essay contest.

Watson feels that "no human community should be larger than 20,000 people," human populations need to be reduced radically to "fewer than one billion," and only those who are "completely dedicated to the responsibility" of caring for the biosphere should have children, which is a "very small percentage of humans." He likens humankind to a virus, the biosphere needs to get cured from with a "radical and invasive approach," as from cancer.

In January 2008 Paul Watson was named by the The Guardian as one of its "50 people who could save the planet" for the work of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.


I've been watching the Whale Wars show for awhile now. ANXIOUSLY awaiting the new season. Has anyone else watched it? What are your thoughts on what Paul Watson does? Or what are your thoughts on him? What do you think about the Japanese whalers? Overall thoughts on this issue?

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?? - posted on 09/06/2009




It was difficult watching it, they showed them chase the whale down, shoot it with the harpoon, showed the Japanese shooting it with a rifle upwards of 10 times until it finally drowned. The look on Chris Aultman's face, the sounds of him and the camera man talking, watching the faces of the Sea Shepards while Aultman and the camera man described what was happening - it was horrible. I cried.

It was really hard watching Paul Watson's face when they saw the whale going up onto the factory ship. Paul Watson had never seen a whale killed in front of him before and he's been doing this for however many years - the heart break that etched across his face, I had tears down my face just watching him. I can't and won't imagine what I would be like being there seeing it with my own eyes - and I can't even fathom how HE felt.

Sharon - posted on 09/06/2009




I still remember going to Sea World when I was really little. The amazing look in their eyes - I can't bear to see them kill the whales. Lucky for me I didn't see that on the episodes I watched.

?? - posted on 09/06/2009




When I was in Vancouver when I was younger, about 12, we went on the ferry between Vancouver and Victoria - and while the boat was loading there was a pod of about a dozen orca whales swimming around in the bay. It was by far the coolest thing I had ever seen.

And then when I was flying out of Vancouver to go to Hong Kong on my way to Sydney, we flew low over the ocean as we were leaving and from the plane I saw a pod of about a dozen orca's swimming and then later a group, my quick count, of about 50 dolphin/porpoise's swimming.

I've always loved animals - exotic animals to be more specific. Snakes, lizards, turtles - and whales, dolphins, sharks, exotic fish too - elephants, tigers, cheetahs, rhinos, hippos, leopards, big cats in general - I love animals.

I have sent money to the Sea Shepards, the day after last episode of Whale Wars - I went to my bank and withdrew all that was in there (it wasn't much but it was all I had left over from my budget), and went right to the post office with the address in hand to send them my small contribution. And I plan to send more when I have a little bit saved up.

Watching those Japanese whalers kill the whale - seeing the horror on Chris Aultman's face, watching the emotion in his eyes when he talked about it afterwards - I can't help but want to do more for them. I wish I could be on that boat with them. I'd just get in the way though - I read their volunteer employment opportunity page... I'm too emotional to be out there and be of any help. I'd be in my bunk crying 90% of the time!

I haven't seen Sharkwater, Jenny, but I'm gonna check it out later tonight!

Charlie - posted on 09/06/2009




YAY it is whale season here all the whales stop into my hometown we watch them from my house !!

Jodi - posted on 09/06/2009




I haven't had the chance to see this (I will have to have a look). However, I am just back from a holiday in Queensland (Hervey Bay - for thos who are not familiar, a whale playground this time of year) and we went whale watching and were close enough to almost touch them. I honestly have to say it was one of the most amazing moments of my life (lets take out the childbirth stuff, because we all know nothing compares to that).

So, I intend to watch the program and will definitely participate more in seeing these beautiful animals protected further.

Charlie - posted on 09/05/2009




I havent seen the doco but am a huge fan of sea shepard and their work .
Japan have for too long got around the legalities by claiming scientific research .

Jenny - posted on 09/05/2009




I was first introduced to the Sea Shepard through the Sharkwater documentary. Humans are raping this world and I'm very thankful and proud of people like the Sea Shepard crew who do their best to help our planet. I'm a huge fan.

PS: Has anyone else seen Sharkwater? It's amazing and sad.

Dana - posted on 09/04/2009




I'll now have to check this show out and form yet ANOTHER opinion on something...

Kylie - posted on 09/04/2009




I haven't seen it but i love the Sea Sheppard and it's crew..amazing heroic people.. i want to donate to put fuel in the boat so they can keep protecting the whales from mindless slaughter. I hope Paul Watson can take some action in regards to the brutal dolphin killings happening in Japan as well. I admire him for actually doing something to protect the ocean animals not just talking about.

nice idea to reduce human population..not gonna happen though...

Sharon - posted on 09/04/2009




Has anyone else watched it?


What are your thoughts on what Paul Watson does? Or what are your thoughts on him?

I've only been able to watch a couple of episodes, they make my son to emotional, but the couple I saw he seemed to be a wildshot cowboy who takes risks that may hurt his crew.

What do you think about the Japanese whalers?

They're cheating. They're using a flimsy loophole in the law to harvest whales.

Overall thoughts on this issue?

Whaling is bad. Whales should be and lots of species are protected. Our seas are fragile and they have their place.

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