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
The Debate on Amazon
Animal Planet TV
Captain Paul Watson - A Controversial Character
Of a Daring Whale Rescue
This story has been circulating around in emails and on Facebook. I checked Snopes.com 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
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 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!
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!
More Whale Wars Info - Other Whale Wars sites to check out
- Animal Planet
Whale Wars both the controversial whaling trade and the tactics that Sea Shepherd Conservation Society uses to attempt to cripple it.
- Paul Watson
The latest news on Paul Watson, from thousands of sources worldwide. High-quality photos, articles, blog posts, quotes, and more.
- Sea Shephard Conservation Society
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - Protecting oceans around the world
- Paul Watson's Argument Against Whaling
Learn what Paul Watson has to say in defence of the great whales, and his thoughts on whaling
- Whale Wars on Facebook
Become a fan of Whale Wars on Facebook
- Whale Wars Forum
Latest topic: "Japanese hiding everything they are killing"
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!