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Series / Whale Wars

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Ever wonder what would happen if a Real Life Animal Wrongs Group got their own show? Well, that's pretty much what Whale Wars is about. The show, which aired on Animal Planet from from 2008-2015, 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 Antarctic 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:

  • Animal Wrongs Group: 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.
  • Giant Wall of Watery Doom: One 30 foot rogue wave in particular struck the left side of the Brigitte Bardot and nearly snapped the trimaran's port-side pontoon clean off.
  • Nose Art: Several ships and watercraft operated by the 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 Bardotnote , whereupon the nose art changed to that of a woman bearing a trident and the organization's flag.
  • Refuge in Audacity: On 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.


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