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Whale Wars: Season 1

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During the 2007-2008 campaign, Animal Planet captured the intensity of Sea Shepherd's mission and the trials and tribulations of the crew in a new seven-part, hour-long weekly series WHALE WARS. The series draws attention to this global conservation issue that has caused friction between several nations over the practice of whaling in oceanic territories. This year's campaign was particularly eventful with multiple engagements, capsizing, possible hostage-taking and alleged shooting, and Animal Planet crews were onboard to document it as it unfolded.

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  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Animal Planet
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B001KKU9C8
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Holtz on March 14, 2010
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My husband falls asleep for almost every movie we have ever watched.
We recently purchased this because my co-workers were raving about the show.
I was a bit reluctant because I don't want to see animals killed.....but the show is FANTASTIC!! Kudos to the producers!
We watched the entire first DVD without even thinking about stopping it and going to bed. It was edge-of-the-seat thrilling and fascinating, enhanced by beautiful
scenery that few of us will ever see firsthand.
This set was worth twice what I paid for it - excellent drama! There are some truly funny scenes in it as well - they lose contact with their zodiac which has gone to harass a Japanese ship in the dark. They become so desperate that they actually call the Japanese ship to inquire whether they have seen the zodiac.
Ok that's enough for the spoiler.
If you live in an area where you cannot get cable, as we do, consider this for top rate entertainment.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Iron Man VINE VOICE on December 16, 2008
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After seeing the pilot episode on Animal Planet, I became more aware, educated and sympathetic to the plight of whales. These magnificent creatures--solemn, intelligent, peaceful and the largest mammals on earth--are vital links to the ecosystem of the seas and the oceans. They are creatures which mesmerizes the sight and stirs the imagination. History has shown us that these creatures were mercilessly hunted towards the brink extinction. It is only in recent times where laws were enacted to save the whales from forever vanishing in our Earth. Unfortunately, some countries like Japan, continue to ignore this moratorium on hunting Whales. Once you see this documentary, you will feel sick to your gut on how the whales are hunted and slaughtered in the guise of research! The Japanese has an armada of highly sophisticated, high-tech ships all dedicated to fine-tune the machinery of hunting whales.

Enter the Sea Shepherd, a conservation organization headed by its founder Paul Watson, dedicated and devoted not just to the conservation and protection of whales but all other marine animals as well. The Sea Shepherd is fighting a conservation war when no other country dares to do the fighting. This organization has been branded as pirates and terrorist. But to people who see the full extent of the unimaginable horrors of whaling, they are warriors, fighting a crusade to protect and conserve the existence of whales.

In this documentary, we will see the Ship M/V Steve Irwin, the flagship of the Sea Shepherd, named after the famous Australian Naturalist who died doing what he loves best--protecting and conserving animals of every kind.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SKOLVK on January 4, 2010
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I always thought that whaling was a thing of the past. The fabric of legend found in the pages of "Moby Dick". It wasn't until I came across Whale Wars that I was shocked to discover that it's still being practiced, unchecked and "illegally" in the Antarctic. Whale Wars follows the rag-tag crew of the M/V Steve Irwin(flagship of the Sea Shepherds) and her Captain Paul Watson(a founder of green peace who was kicked out do to his radical tactics)the only people dedicated enough to take action. Both sides of the conflict use loop holes in the law against each other. The whalers claim the law states that they are allowed to kill a set number of whales as long as it's for "scientific research". A law that they break in pretty comical ways. Japanese whaler ship simply write "research" on the side of their ships and hold up signs that say "We're taking tissue samples!" if they see that they're being videotaped. The "Sea Shepherds" are wise to this and take it into their own hands to stop the whaling in protected whale mating waters. It's one of those tricky things we're both sides are wrong and right at the same time. The show grabs your attention on the first episode when one of the launch boats breaks off a crane and nearly kills four of the crew. The show continues to keep its pace as we see the crew deal with faulty equipment,ice burgs, kidnapping, poor judgment and of course, the wrath of the whalers that they tick off. Whale Wars is a very fascinating show that sheds light on a subject that not many people are unaware of. Though their methods continue to be controversial, The Sea Shepherds strictly use non lethal methods and are non violent. I don't consider myself an environmentalist but by watching this show I can't help but have great respect for the Sea Shepherds.Read more ›
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ARH TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2010
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I have been aware of the Sea Shepherd Society for nearly 20 years now. I routinely introduced them to my environmental studies classes as we reviewed prominent environmental and conservation NGOs (non-governmental organizations).

The Sea Shepherds are a self-proclaimed direct action organization whose main agenda is the protection of marine species from illegal commercial exploitation. Their highest profile work is the protection of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. This is the focus of the reality series "Whale Wars".

The founder of the Sea Shepherds, Paul Watson, was one of the co-founders of Greenpeace, but he was eventually voted out of that organization because his tactics were generally viewed as being too confrontational and even counter-productive to the mainstream conservation organizations' efforts to lobby governments to take legislative and enforcement action against whaling and other marine crimes. Paul Watson and his organization are, however, of the opinion that since governments are not stepping up to take legal action to stop illegal marine activities that NGOs have the option to do that.

The Sea Shepherds use a U.N. mandate and International Whaling Commission total ban on commercial whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary (the waters off of Antarctica) to justify using non-lethal and non-injurious methods to harass and interdict the efforts of the Japanese Whaling fleet to whale in those waters. At the same time, the position of the Japanese government is that they are carrying out legal lethal whale research, and that they are therefore not conducting commercial whaling. The stipulation of the lethal whaling regulations are such that all parts of any whale that is killed for research must be used.
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