* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Well - alternate ''show'' interpretation, really. Much like shows such as ''My Super Sweet Sixteen'', it's not entirely clear whether the program was made to glorify the people it stars and their actions, or whether it keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek, casts a knowing glance at the audience and mouths, "Look how psychotic these folk are!"
** The ''Viking Shores'' previews even had Nordic whalers angrily asking the crew "Who's going to feed this nation? You?" to point out that some of the whale hunting done is done for reasons people are more likely approve of--namely, ''feeding people.''
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop / WarpedAesop: This show seems to give the message that, instead of using diplomacy and enforcing regulations on whale hunting, having a hack team of environmentalists using violent and controversial means is more effective.
* InternetBackdraft: When the main page says the show is controversial, ''[[{{Understatement}} it's not fucking kidding!]]'' A major reason the main page is locked was because of the massive {{Flame War}}s that ensued upon it's creation, from those for and against whaling, those who find the shows casts a horrible exaggeration of an AnimalWrongsGroup, verging on terrorist territory, those who feel their hearts are in the right place, but going about it in an incredibly terrible way, and ''everywhere and anywhere in between''. It is ''not'' wise to bring this show up ''anywhere'' on the net, '''[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all we're saying about that.]]'''
* RefugeInAudacity: One one occasion, when the whalers hear about Watson's claim that their presence stops them from killing and processing whales, so what do they do? They do it right in front of them.
* RootingForTheEmpire: A somewhat literal case (given the fact that Japan is still technically an Empire), as you won't have to go long to find a few hundred pro-Japanese sites that are practically ([[VocalMinority and occasionally literally]]) screaming for the blood of those on the Steve Irwin. Even more with the Norse whalers since they are doing subsistence hunting, thus not in for profit, killing whales for Lulz, or even cold blooded research.
* SnarkBait: Another interpretation of the show, attracting viewers amused by the crews' bungling.
* SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped: though "eco-terrorism" is arguably not the best way of stopping it, whale poaching itself is a serious problem that menaces the very survival of several species.
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