Whale Wars is a weekly reality television series that premiered on November 7, 2008 on Animal Planet. The show follows Captain 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 whales in the name of research.
The crew will try to physically stop Japan’s whaling in the Antarctic by throwing: ground Methocel (which absorbs water and becomes very slippery and makes it impossible to walk on the decks) and stink bombs filled with Butyric acid onto the decks of whaling ships. The whaling ships have fought back by throwing flashbang grenades and even firing a rifle at the MV Steve Irwin. One bullet hit the Captain Paul Watson, luckily he was wearing a bullet proof vest.
The underline message is to distract the whaling ships so they are not concentrating on hunting that day.
The great thing about this show is how unorganized and how under prepared the crew is. Most of the crew are volunteers and this is their first time out at sea. One guy admits “I can barely change a tire on my bike“. And being out in the middle of the ocean, sailing around icebergs you would think that only an expert crew could preform this task, but I guess with a little bit of willpower and lot of determination anything is possible.
The show airs Fridays at 6pm on Animal Planet. You can also catch up to the current episode using your On Demand feature on your DVR.
Set your DVR’s you wont be disappointed.
Watch the trailer: