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The third season of Whale Wars follows Sea Shepherd's 6th Antarctic Whale Defense Campaign, named Operation Waltzing Matilda in honor of Australia's unofficial national anthem, on the three-month journey to the South Ocean Whale Sanctuary to stop illegal whaling. As in previous campaigns, the conflict between Sea Shepherd and the whalers grows more intense with each engagement -- and Animal Planet documents the action in the new 12-part series. "The issues surrounding whaling in the Southern Ocean are important and complex, and Whale Wars returns once again to capture them in all their intensity," says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet. "The majesty of these beautiful creatures and the lengths to which the Sea Shepherds will go in order to prevent whaling has made Whale Wars entertaining yet vital television. The series has become a trademark for the new Animal Planet, and audiences now expect to kick off summer television viewing with its return." In June 2009, Sea Shepherd announced its 2009-10 Antarctic campaign, called Operation Waltzing Matilda. The campaign would include the record-breaking Earthrace vessel, now renamed Ady Gil in honor of the benefactor who helped acquire the vessel for Sea Shepherd. The Ady Gil was a futuristic styled ship that held the world record for circumnavigation of the globe by a motorized vessel. The eco-friendly vessel usually ran on a low emission fuel "derived mainly from animal fat, soybeans or other forms of bio-diesel" but was forced by operational reasons to switch to a more polluting petroleum diesel. Pete Bethune, the operator, said that an agreement was reached with Sea Shepherd for the boat to adopt a support role. Sea Shepherd Founder and President Captain Paul Watson said, "Ships are expendable, endangered and protected whales are not. We lost a ship and we have one crew member taken prisoner, and no injuries were caused nor sustained. I think we did bloody well this year and 528 whales were saved. We won't stop until whaling ends.
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This is a documentary, not an action drama movie. The filming is fantastic, the behind the scenes gives you all of the information that you need. And both sides of the conflict are presented as far as they are capable of doing.
As far as the crew and their "incompetence", remember again that these are real people, not actors, no scenes are rehearsed and these are not Navy Seals with a million dollars of training, operating a billion dollars of high-tech equipment. Most of them have real jobs the other 9 or 10 months of the year, from all walks of life and paid nothing. They have a driven sense of what is morally right that most of us would abandon after a few days.
Well worth the time to see the entire series.
I got so many laughs out of watching them try to launch the RIB's my stomach hurt. All that aside, the camera work and the detail that AP goes into telling the story is amazing. Top notch work. They realistically portray how difficult the Sea Sheperds work really is. Under-funded, under-equipped, and definitely under-trained/prepared they still go forward and try their best to stop, or at least slow, the harvesting of whales.
I recommend this DVD set for both the camera work and to expose what is happening through a loophole in international law. Japan should immediately stop this senseless slaughter and to do so will take multiple governments involvement, not Operation Petticoat to do so.
I stumbled upon season 1 by chance. Did not give it much thought. After 2 episodes into the 1st season, I was a convert. The Sea Shepherd have to work within their boundaries with their ailing ship. But what lacks in their old vessel makes up well in their passion and love for the cause. Paul Watson is crazy ( in a good way ). He perfectly fits the personality of captain. Season 1 and 2 were pretty good. The Season 2 did not end on a good note, not atleast for me.
Season 3 brings in new crew and Pete B. I won't reveal the details but he stole the show in my opinion. Also, in Season 3 they are well matched and well prepared. Loved the show. Their drive and passion is just over and above. This season of Whale wars is highly recommended. "The world is a Vampire" ( for all you season 1 and 2 fans ). Can't wait for season 4.
Through these eye-opening series, I come to understand that the world must at all cost conserve the whales...the gentle giants of the Southern Ocean which are being hunted mercilessly by the Japanese...! I salute Captain Paul Watson and his team of most courageous souls for endeavouring to save the whales and run into very difficult situation with the Japanese whalers who are hell-bent on giving these whale-crusaders a hard time. But Captain Paul and his team persevered to ensure the safety of the whales under relentless being hunted...! Particularly in this Third Season, the unscrupulous whalers sank the anti-whaling boat and arbitrarily against world opinion abducted the New Zealand operator and forcefully took him back to Japan. He was, according to media reports, abused, insulted and threatened and forced to admit his "guilt" which was nothing more serious than to make a citizen arrest on the wild captain of the Japanese whaling vessel and protest against the killing of whales in an ocean sanctuary...! After months of incarceration in a Japanese jail, this folk hero was let go. I as a whale lover salute him and Captain Watson and his gutsy folks...i.e. keep the wars going to ensure the survival of the humpback whale species...May the blessing of God go with all of you in your next season to prevent the whales from being wantonly hunted...Cheers...!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a big Sea Shepherd fan. This did not disappoint.
The other worldly ship on the cover is a real ship.
Lots of exciting action in this season.
Paul Watson, Peter Hammarstedt, Alex Cornelissen and others are the ones that are trying to save the planet we should be behind or beside them in anyway we can.Published on October 22, 2013 by IY
I choose this one because of the tv program Whale Wars and the "impact" caused this season by the accident.Published on August 28, 2013 by Patricia M Costa
purchased as a gift for my daughter who is an avid season watcher. she is very pleased to have the productPublished on August 18, 2013 by expresslaine
Seriously. Watch it. You won't regret it. It's addictive, and it gets better every season. Keep more episodes coming, please!Published on May 19, 2013 by Errol Siegel