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Whale Wars

Updated on October 23, 2014

Whale Wars - Japanese Whalers Vs Animal rights Activists

All aboard the Steve Irwin (and now, the Bob Barker!)

"Whale Wars" TV show captures the conflict between Paul Watson's "Sea Shepherds" and the Japanese Whaling Industry. 

Paul Watson and his crew take viewers of the Whale Wars Show through the whaling season revealing strategies to foil the much larger Japanese fleet.  They throw bottles of a stinky concoction that taints the whale meat onto the vessel that prepares and packages the meat whenever possible, as well as use various methods to foul up their ships' propellers.  It is quite an intricate and risky operation.  The show is very exciting, no matter which side you are on.  Occasionally they do show a glimpse of whale pods, which is breathtaking, and also of whales being killed, which is sometimes difficult to watch.


Whaling was widely accepted once upon a time

Whale oil used to be the fuel widely used to light lamps, as well as keeping machines "well oiled". Baleen, which is another word for the bone of the whale, was used to make parasols and hoopskirts for ladies' dresses. Back then, Whales were not thought of as animals with feelings. The supply of Whales and the comodities they provided seemed limitless — then these great animals started to disappear.

But Why Hunt Wales these days?

Since petroleum has replaced the need for whale oil, humans no longer need whale meat. In addition, we now know much more about whale intelligence and their social habits. Another factor to consider is that it takes several minutes of suffering for a whale to die when they are harpooned (if not killed instantly).

A Gallup poll in 2006 claimed that "83 percent of Japanese had not eaten whale in long time" if ever. The whale-watching industry is doing quite well, which is proof that millions would rather see living whales. 

Source:  "The Whale Debate" Discovery Channel

The Unsung Heroes - One day we will be able to hear their song

If we can keep them around long enough to learn their language

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Captain Paul Watson - A Controversial Character

Captain Paul Watson - A Controversial Character
Captain Paul Watson - A Controversial Character
Thanks to Bill Clemens for sharing with me on Facebook
Thanks to Bill Clemens for sharing with me on Facebook

Touching Story

Of a Daring Whale Rescue

This story has been circulating around in emails and on Facebook. I checked to verify that it is true.

If you read a recent front page story of the San Francisco

Chronicle, you would have read about a female humpback whale who had

become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines. She was

weighted down by hundreds of pounds of traps that caused her to

struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope

wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her

mouth. A fisherman spotted her just east of the Farallon Islands

(outside the Golden Gate) and radioed an environmental group for

help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined

that she was so bad off, the only way to save her was to dive in and

untangle her. They worked for hours with curved knives and

eventually freed her. When she was free, the divers say she swam in

what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and

every diver, one at a time, and nudged them, pushed them gently

around as she was thanking them. Some said it was the most

incredibly beautiful experience of their lives. The guy who cut the

rope out of her mouth said her eyes were following him the whole

time, and he will never be the same. May you, and all those you

love, be so blessed and fortunate to be surrounded by people who

will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you.

And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

I pass this on to you, my friends, in the same spirit.


See "Japanese Translation" below

Japanese Translation - of story above

Mike Day's Japanese translation of Touching Whale save
Mike Day's Japanese translation of Touching Whale save

I do not read Japanese, so I cannot verify this translation is correct. If you can verify it for me Please do so in comments below. Thanks to Mike Day for translating the story on Facebook

Thanks Bob Barker! - New ship in season 3 "My Bob Barker" purchased with funds donated by it's namesake

the Bob Barker in port, Hobart 2010
the Bob Barker in port, Hobart 2010

The beloved game show host Bob Barker is passionate about saving whales, and contributed a hefty sum to the campaign, allowing them to purchase another ship. The Bob Barker is a great asset to the campaign, and has a reinforced hull, which makes it the lead ship when traveling in ice fields.

Whale Wars Loses a Leader?

Whale Wars DVD - Whales Wars Video

Paul Watson Says:

We’re very excited that the Ady Gil will be joining the Steve Irwin in Antarctica this campaign ... With these two ships, we will mount the most ambitious and aggressive effort to date to obstruct the slaughter of the whales in the Southern Ocean

Ode to The Adi Gil - She was broadsided by a Japanese Ship in Season three

Captain Paul Watson was excited about the addition of the Ady Gil to his fleet. The crew hoped to intercept and physically block the harpoon ships from illegally slaughtering whales with this superb little craft, Due to its speed capabilities of up to 50 knots. Even though she was sunk, she did her job nobly. Thanks to her intervention, Season Three was a great success!

The Gojira - Ady Gil Reincarnated..... and then some!

The Gojira
The Gojira

She's bigger and more powerful than the lost Ady Gil. Hoping she can help the fleet find the Nishun Maru earlier in the whaling season, to prevent the slaughter of so many whales. Small, brave crew is often in the front line defense in whale wars. "Gojira" means "Godzilla" in Japanese.... that is no accident!


Closeup on crew member

Benjamin "Pottsie" Potts

Pottsie is one of my fav's because he is so brave and passionate, and because he has grown so much with each season. He started out as a deck hand and quickly rose through the ranks, largely because of his extreme courage in volunteering to board one of the Japanese whaling vessels in season one, which he did. It was a great success!

The next season he worked closely with another fav of mine, a fellow southerner, the helicopter pilot Chris Aultman.

In year 4 Pottsie serves as the Bosun for the Bob Barker and runs one of the small boats. He's such a brave and dedicated soul!

Do you think the efforts of Paul Watson and his crew to save the whales is a noble one? Some feel Captain Watson is putting young and vulnerable adults in harm's way. Speak out and let the world know where you stand!

Have you seen the show? - What do you think about it?

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Shows you what commitment can accomplish, doesn't it? We watch the show at our house, too.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'm very addiction to this show, keep up with the good job Paul Watson and others

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Kiwisoutback: Aby Gil, i hate it when something goes bad

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Listen bud, i can't stand people like you that Paul Watson is trying to save the whales so why don't you keep your comments to yourself,

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i think paul watson and evryone of his crew are some of the most fantastic people on this planet and they should keep up the brave work they do go for it guys

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      Wow, a client of mine just mentioned this to me on Monday and now here you are! thumbs up!

      I also just heard that a cow has more genetically in common with a blue whale than with a horse. Just some fun trivia

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      ZablonMukuba 7 years ago

      i love whales, thanks for the lens

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      ideadesigns 7 years ago

      We always record the whale war shows and watch them together. It's a heartfelt show.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Although stopping the slaughter of wales is a noble cause, I thing Paul Watson needs to be locked up before he kills one or more of his crew. Their methods of attacks on the Japanese vessels are not only dangerous, they are mostly infective and a waste time and fuel.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love this show. I wish I could go on board with all of you. You don't let anything get you down and everything happens to you. I will keep watching. I would love to me you someday. You are heroes to me. Each and every one of you.

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      Eklectik1 8 years ago

      I have never seen the show but it looks like it is worth watching..

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      hlkljgk 8 years ago from Western Mass

      i do and i love it. it's so impressive how far they will go for saving life.

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've watched this show a lot, it's a great show. It's a very noble cause. I just heard in the news that one of their new ships had been sunk by a Japanese boat. It should be an interesting new season.