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  • Actors: Chris Aultman, Simon Avery, Laura Dakin, Molly Kendall, Andy Perry
  • Directors: Paul Sherwin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: December 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 473 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M2Z3B0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Highlighting both the controversial whaling trade and the tactics that the Sea Shepherd and its staff and volunteers use to attempt to cripple it, Whale Wars documents the group s three-month sojourn across the icy Antarctic waters at the far end of the globe. Each week, viewers will embark on a powerful and adrenaline-fueled adventure and spotlight how the Sea Shepherd takes action against alleged illegal whaling operations.
473 minutes 11 episodes/ 6 @ 43 minutes each

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They made it virtually impossible for the Sea Sheapards to attack their processing ship in any way.
Rehana Farooqi
Japan is the last nation in the world that considers whales more interesting as meat than as wonderful creatures that deserve our most profound admiration and respect.
Guy Denutte
These are real people doing the best that they can with the money that they have in some incredibly nasty conditions against some really nasty people.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Anonymus on December 12, 2009
Format: DVD
"Whale Wars Season 2" is about Sea Shepherd's 5th Whale Defense Campaign "Operation Musashi" in Antarctica.

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Guy Denutte on February 14, 2010
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Japan is the last nation in the world that considers whales more interesting as meat than as wonderful creatures that deserve our most profound admiration and respect. To add insult to injury, their slaughter of 1.000 whales a year is done under the banner of "scientific research". The volunteers interfering with this cruel activity are considered by them as "eco-terrorists". For me, they are really heroes, ready to give their lives in order to save the lives of whales. In this series, you will see how the Japanese whaling fleet took some countermeasures to block the tactics of the Sea Shepherds, both defensive and offensive, leaving Paul Watson ultimately no other option than to use the only weapon he had left : ramming his boat into a killing boat. They are really the pirates of passion, fighting the pirates of greed.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Fratianni on February 19, 2010
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At first I thought Captain Watson made some really poor choices unnecessarily putting himself and his crew at risk. And I was right. He did.

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.
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Season 2 of Whale Wars sees members of The Sea Shepherds going back to Antarctica to continue their battle to protect whales from being killed by the Japanese whaling fleet. Once again the action takes place in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary where the Sea Shepherds contend that the Japanese are whaling illegally, and where the Japanese contend that they are carrying our authorized, legal whale research. The Sea Shepherds see the Japanese as murderers and plunderers of whales for profit, and the Japanese see the Sea Shepherds as eco-terrorists. So the stage is set...

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...
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