Whale Wars is a one-hour weekly American documentary-style reality television series that premiered on November 7, 2008 on the Animal Planet cable channel. The program follows Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, as he and his crew aboard the MV Steve Irwin attempt to deter Japanese ships that hunt minke and fin whales off the coast of Antarctica.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society disputes the Japanese claim that the whaling done in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is legally accepted research and is instead banned commercially based whaling. Sea Shepherd has been both criticized and praised for tactics which include throwing stink bombs at, boarding, and attempting to disable the Japanese vessels.
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The Japanese have started whaling in front of the Sea Shepherds, but Paul Watson and crew won't back down. They rush into battle, desperate to put an end to Japanese whaling.The crew decide to make the Japanese whale meat unsellable by adding butyric acid to it. Later, Paul sees a brutal whale killing first hand.