473 minutes 11 episodes/ 6 @ 43 minutes each
Whale Wars: Season 2
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473 minutes 11 episodes/ 6 @ 43 minutes each
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The ultimate aim of Captain Paul Watson and his crew is to save endangered whales from the Japanese whaling fleet and to sink it ECONOMICALLY, that is, bankrupting it by interfering with the whaling activities as long and as intensely as possible. Over the last three years Watson and his crew have managed to do so and prevented the whalers from taking half their self-assigned quota of whales. The Japanese government has to spend large amounts of money to support this illegal activity which means whaling is now even more of a serious economic liability for them than ever before.
There was a lot of controversy over the Japanese claim that their whaling activities are "scientific research". In an interview (December 2009) with The Australian newspaper and Australian Broadcasting Corporation the Japanese Foreign Minister Okada said, "We have a tradition here in Japan of eating whale meat." Not once did Okada attempt to justify Japanese whaling operations as "scientific research." What has always been clear to anyone with an ounce of common sense, has now been confirmed by a Japanese government official. It's all about eating whale meat and commercial whaling, thus being illegal poaching.
Compared to season one, "Whale Wars 2" is even more exciting and dramatic. At the beginning of the campaign the STEVE IRWIN has to cross a dangerous ice field during the chase of the "Nisshin Maru" (the Japanese factory ship). The confrontation with the whaling fleet gets more aggressive. There's a collision between the STEVE IRWIN and the "Nisshin Maru" which was in the news around the world at that time.Read more ›
The actions of the Sea Shepherds volunteers are very effective. Their unstoppable harassment succeeded this season in reducing the self-imposed Japan quota with 305 whales. Respect !
Japan really behaves very cruel towards all ocean life. Not only do they slaughter whales; they also massacre 23.000 dolphins every year... Check it out on The Cove.
But the more I watched the more I realized these people really believe in what they are doing and I respect that, especially since their cause is just.
Though I thought they could have had better tactics ultimately they are under shipped and way out funded.
The Japanese ships are bigger & faster, equipped with LRAD and powerful water cannons. ***SPOILER*** Also they are not afraid of trying to hurt the Sea Shepard's Crew by flinging metal bolts and trying to take down the copter with their LRADS. These guys purposefully are trying to harm other human being showing they most definitely do not have the higher moral ground.
Working the best with what they had they constantly had to take risks to try to even the odds. Even with this they could not stop the Japanese whalers from shamelessly making money from killing whales under the guise of "Research". They literally makes hundreds of thousands of dollars per whale making it all too obvious this is not a Research operation but an exploit in a well placed loop hole.
At any rate the Sea Shepard's put up a hell of a valiant fight and showed the Japanese that they were not only not willing to back down but that they'd push the envelope as far as the could possibly get away with. This I believe will give them a much needed respect for the next season.
Though it is very fascinating I really hope there will not be a need for any more seasons but sadly this may take some time.
I hope Paul has made arrangements for the organization to continue if something should happen to him and crew.Read more ›
This year it is nearly immediately evident that the Japanese fleet has learned some lessons from their prior encounters with the Sea Shepherds. Their ships are better protected from the Sea Shepherd's traditional tactics of throwing buteric acid and cellulose powder. They also show signs of escalating their defenses to including actions that can cause personal injury to Sea Shepherds who approach their ships. The Sea Shepherds are knocked back on their heels at first and then try to find ways to overcome the defenses of the Japanese.
Both of the parties involved make a case that they are in the right...and no one in the international community seems to be stepping up to support or condemn either position. The Sea Shepherds claim a mandate from the UN and the Australian Government to support their actions. The Japanese claim a mandate to justify their whaling activities through a provision in the International Whaling Commission's 1986 ban on commercial whaling that allows for each whaling nation to set their own quotas for lethal whaling research.
The Sea Shepherds unabashedly state that they are not in the Antarctic to observe or report on Japanese whaling activities...Read more ›
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