"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. Watson and his crew are attacked by LRADs (Long range acoustic devices) - a military grade weapon causing nausea and disorientation, and the whalers throw golf balls and other metal objects at the Sea Shepherd crew, injuring some of them.
What I like about "Whale Wars" is that the activists are not depicted as superheroes but just as human beings who try to make a change by acting and risking their lives for these beautiful creatures of the sea. Towards the end of the series Captain Watson and his crew have to realize that their tactics and resources are not enough to completely stop the Japanese from whaling. During the last campaigns the whalers had always fled from the STEVE IRWIN. That season the Japanese whalers killed whales in front of the Sea Shepherds and the crew had to witness the agony of a harpooned whale fighting for his life and thrashing about in his own blood for 25 minutes. Nonetheless Captain Watson's strategy of bankrupting the Japanese whaling fleet is working and he is confident that he will finally succeed and shut down the Japanese whaling operations.
Thank you Sea Shepherd and Captain Paul Watson for what you are doing and showing us the way of a modern warrior with a moral code!