Ever wonder what would happen if a RealLife AnimalWrongsGroup got their own show? Well, that's pretty much what ''Whale Wars'' is about. The show, which currently airs on AnimalPlanet, follows Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as they try to stop Japanese whaling ships from hunting whales. They do this by chasing the ships, and then disabling or throwing rotten butter at them; note that in this case, "disabling" means attempting to sink or scuttle the ships, in the middle of the ocean, which could certainly result in casualties. Because of this, the show is highly controversial.
In case you are wondering, the whales do not actually war with each other.
This article is not about whaling. It is about a TV show and the tropes it employs. Editorials on one side or the other of the whaling controversy are not useful here.
!!This show has examples of:
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* AnimalWrongsGroup: The series focuses on a real-life group, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, whose ships forcefully intervene with Japanese & Faroese whaling and bluefin tuna fishing.
* GiantWallOfWateryDoom: One 30 foot rogue wave in particular struck the left side of the ''[[CoolBoat Brigitte Bardot]]'' and nearly snapped the trimaran's port-side pontoon clean off.
* NoseArt: Several ships and watercraft operated by the [[AnimalWrongsGroup Sea Shepherd Conservation Society]] feature this; their rigid inflatable boats and the ''Bob Barker'' sport shark mouths on the bow, while the ''Gojira'' had a picture of the titular monster before being rechristened the ''Brigitte Bardot''[[note]]Due to copyright reasons.[[/note]], whereupon the nose art changed to that of a woman bearing a trident and the organization's flag.
* RealSongThemeTune: The series uses The Smashing Pumpkins' "Bullet with Butterfly Wings".