whalewars
by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Film/TV
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Animal Planet announced today that season four of its hit reality series “Whale Wars” will hit the network on June 3rd at 9pm.

The show, which averaged over 1.4 million viewers last year, will cover 10 episodes this summer. Like past seasons, it will offer viewers a front row seat for all the drama we reported on back when Operation No Compromise was in full swing from December to February.

It’s interesting to note that season four could mark the beginning of a hiatus for Sea Shepherd on Animal Planet. With the whaling industry failing to meet its quota yet again – and Japan in full rebuilding mode after this year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, next year’s commercial whaling campaign is in doubt.

“The corporate welfare whale killers will most likely not be able to return to the Southern Ocean in December 2011,” the organization said in a recent press release; adding that should the government once again decide to subsidize the hunt, SSCS will be ready to interfere.

Of course, the Sea Shepherd aren’t likely to simply walk away from a hit television show that’s done wonders for energizing their base and drawing awareness to their cause. Should the whalers be absent next year, you can bet other campaigns will be highlighted under the “Whale Wars” name. Case in point, the organization is already planning on having their upcoming Faeroe Islands campaign filmed – though it’s unclear if the same crew used in the tv series will be involved.

“Whale Wars” season four hits June 3rd at 9PM. Expect promos soon.

[Update: Here's the new promo!]

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • AnimuX

    Outstanding! Can’t wait to see the massive Sea Shepherd victory! :-)

  • Michael Raymer

    Beyond all the rantings of pro-whaling trolls and the whining of the naive who think that Admiral Watson should be spending his free time polishing his halo, I enjoy going back to one of the South Park articles where the Parker and Stone claim that SSCS “doesn’t do anything”. This season, as well as seasons 1-3, show what a load of crap that accusation is. Not that I’m expecting a retraction. Those two are so obviously suffering such advanced ADD that they have probably forgotten they ever did the episode.

  • romika3

    Looks like Animal Planet will be cancelling next seasons “Whale Wars”. After a while viewers get tired about a show about nothing. Sorry, there was some excitment, the broom stick that fell overboard, the water ballons and paint balls, and the stun garnades let loose by this pusedo terrorist organization.

    • Michael Raymer

      What “stun garnades”?

      And we are much more tired of you than we are of SSCS, yet you keep coming back.

      BTW…”pseudo” means false. Therefore you are making the assertion that SSCS is NOT a terrorist organization. Thanx for clearing this up.

      • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

        that makes two anti whaling trolls (first Mike and now Romika) who claim that SSCS isn’t a terrorist organisation..

      • Michael Raymer

        herwin, if you have something to say, then say it. If not, save it for your little friends in vegan home-ec.

        You’re saying that romika is an “anti-whaling troll”? And are you saying that YOU think that SSCS IS a terrorist organization? In other words, what exactly are you babbling about now?

        And, lastly, if you have so much time on your hands, why don’t you try conjuring up some answers to the direct and relevant questions that were asked of you in recent previous threads? This latest gem is below even your abysmally low standards.

      • romika3

        I am referring to those burning ball of fire weapons that were thrown on the deck of the whaling boat that wasn’t whaling because it had its harpoon removed from the bow. I can’t wait to see the eposoide where the mop handle falls overboard and lands on the deck of Watson’s rubber duck play boat. It must have been a moment of terror for Watson’s pusedo pirates, such bare souls, not to mention the great footage for Whale Wars. I dropped a mop over the side of my boat once but I never got to be on TV. Just imagine a full eposoide based on a mop handle falling overboard!!!!!

      • romika3

        they are an eco-terrorist organization

      • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

        @ Michael, i made a simple typing misstake, of course that should be “PRO whaling troll” , shouldn’t that be clear to everyone ? as you probably remember a while ago pro whaler troll Mike argued himself that SSCS isn’t a terrorist organisation. Classic.

        Nice to see you keep up the snubby anti-vegan remarks, keep it up, junior.

      • Michael Raymer

        You seem to make quite a few of these “mistakes.” I think you should call it what it is: hysteria induced confusion. Maybe if you try calming down a bit, you’ll have an easier time being understood.

        “as you probably remember a while ago pro whaler troll Mike argued himself that SSCS isn’t a terrorist organisation. Classic.”

        I have no idea what you are referring too. I know of no pro-whaling troll named Mike. And it is an ongoing pro-whaler tactic to claim that SSCS is a terrorist group. Perhaps you could copy/paste what you are talking about.

        Now, if I am the “Mike” you are talking about, first of all, it’s Michael. Referring to me by my actual name (as I have always done with you…and romika) would alleviate any confusion. I am obviously anti-whaling and accusing me of anything else is ridiculous. And I have always said that SSCS is NOT a terrorist group. So, I am really at a loss as to what you are saying with the above remark. If I am mistaken and it is another “Mike” that you are bringing into this, again a simple copy/paste would be helpful. There are many one-time posters as well as occasional visitors, so there may be someone I’m not remembering.

        “Nice to see you keep up the snubby anti-vegan remarks”

        Again, you really don’t read what other people post, do you. You definitely don’t use any effort to comprehend my remarks. How many times do I have to say that I philosophically support veganism and I am certainly not “anti-vegan”? And I made no “snubby anti-vegan remarks” above. My remark was anti-herwin, not anti-vegan. As long as you insist on keeping up this unnecessary, hostile tone with me, I’ll keep pointing out what a counter-productive, overemotional, hypocritical little girl you are. Any time you want it to stop, you know where to find me.

      • http://www.herwinsvegancafe.com herwin

        @ Michael.
        i just said i misstakingly wrote ANTI wahling pro while obviously it should be PRO whaling troll.
        I mean, isn’t it obvious Romika is a PRO whaling troll ?

        No, you are not the “Mike” i am talking about, obviously you are “Michael”.

        That’s a funny one, your remark wasn’t anti vegan it just was anti herwin. :-P

        You philospohically support veganism ?
        That’s interesting coming from a guy who argues that pigs, cows, and chickens are not inteligent as whales are, and so they don’t deserve our compassion and can be killed and eaten, after a cruel life in the animal factories, and to top it off get all smurky when a real vegan dares to touch this subject that you yourselves have brought up.
        Cheers , junior, way to go !

      • AnimuX

        Unfortunately, pro-whaling antagonists continue to propagate lies and exaggerations in order to demonize environmental activists.

        —————–

        For example…

        romika3 wrote: “I am referring to those burning ball of fire weapons that were thrown on the deck of the whaling boat”

        —————–

        “Flares” are not “fire weapons” (romika) any more than the flash bang grenades thrown by whalers at unarmed activists are “warning balls” (Japan’s ICR).

      • Michael Raymer

        ” and so they don’t deserve our compassion and can be killed and eaten, after a cruel life in the animal factories, and to top it off get all smurky when a real vegan dares to touch this subject”

        Show me where I said that. I said that cows, chickens and pigs aren’t as intelligent as whales, and I stand by it. YOU made up the rest. Every last bit of it. If you are too lazy to go over my past posts, have your sorority sisters do it for you. I never said the things that you accused me of.

        I’ll keep telling you this in the vain hope that one day it will sink in: You are hurting your own cause. Why anyone would, for a second, consider a vegan lifestyle, after enduring your ongoing hysteria, misinformation and combativeness is a complete mystery. Linda McCartney, Alicia Silverstone and other luminaries use (or used) a friendly and inviting approach. You keep swinging a bat. You keep going off half-cocked at anyone or anything that you disagree with. And, in my case, you just make stuff up in an effort to prolong a conflict that I never wanted or asked for. This tone of hostility between us is entirely your making, and you have to fabricate things that I don’t feel and never said because you’re too busy hating me to even read what I said. Even now, I’m under no illusions that you are even reading this. Oh, you’ll reply to it, and it will be as nonsensical as every other post you have ever addressed to me. And the game you created will continue.

        And you still haven’t explained who this Mike guy is.

  • stephanie

    I cannot wait to see this SUCCESSFUL campaign in action.

  • romika3

    “herwin, if you have something to say, then say it. If not, save it for your little friends in vegan home-ec.” Raymer, looks like you might have shrunk one of your SSCS tee shirts in the dryer and now you are taking your frustrations on herwin. Nothing wrong with herwin’s post from what I can see, however there is something wrong with yours!!!!

    • Michael Raymer

      Well, that means a lot coming from “Eposoide”-boy. Learn the difference between smoke grenade and stun grenade before giving your opinion. Learn what “pseudo” means, including how to spell it, genius. You offering opinions on other people’s posts is right up there with Charlie Manson giving clinical diagnostics.

      But you and herwin sticking up for each other….why am I not surprised?

      • romike3

        It is ilegal to discharge flares at sea unless there is a training session (authorities have been notified of the time and location) or a vessel requires assistance. Again an example of Watson and his crew of eco-terrorists breaking the law.

      • romike3

        You failed to comment on the mop handle. From that I assume I am right in that it is about nothing.

      • AnimuX

        Oh boy. Watch out everybody. Romika declares it’s illegal to use flares in the Southern Ocean. Stay tuned for his next frightening accusations of terrorism over jaywalking.

      • Michael Raymer

        Romika? Romike? Have you forgotten how to spell your name (given that it’s you, I really do have to ask)? Or is this just another case of pro-whaler identity theft?

      • romika3

        Animal: Read my post again about flares and then check the Coast Guard rules regarding discharge of flares. Then get back to me.

      • Michael Raymer

        So it WAS you misspelling your own name. Nice one, genius. Now we see where all that mercury tainted meat is going.

      • romika3

        “So it WAS you misspelling your own name. Nice one, genius. Now we see where all that mercury tainted meat is going.” here is an excellent example of how supporters of the SSCS respond to valid points. A red flag regarding the nature of this organization and its supporters.

      • Michael Raymer

        Well, I see your name misspelled above. And it is a perfectly valid point that pro-whalers have a history of identity theft on this site. Not to mention that a persons screen name is spooled up automatically, so how on earth did you manage to misspell your own name? In other words romika/romike, the very clear lack of intelligence and coherence on your part IS a valid point.

      • boo radley

        More a case of re-logging in with different war names

        I guess its easy to make mistakes when you are in a hurry hey romi :):):):):)

        LMFAO

  • romika3

    “And we are much more tired of you than we are of SSCS, yet you keep coming back.” so are you saying that you are tired of the foolishness that SSCS has been up to? Have you finially seen the light, seen past Watson’s shallow media and fundraising shams? His attack on legal fishermen, his choice of issues that focus on marine animals that are not at risk, while ignoring those that are. You have finally come around. Thanks for joining the team. Looking forward to more of the same. What are you going to do with all you SSCS fashions?

  • boo radley

    Cant wait to see SSCS smack the Japanese whalers around like a pinata…sure the pro whaling trolls will be watching to see where they went so horribly wrong. They too will be adding to the shows ratings and revenue streams.

    Keep up the great work romi!

    • romika3

      “boo who??”

      • boo radley

        The truth hurts, hey romicha.

  • romika3

    “Cant wait to see SSCS smack the Japanese whalers around like a pinata” this statment is a clear example of how SSCS works to demonize and generate hate towards the common fishermen.

    • Michael Raymer

      No it isn’t. Whalers are not “common fishermen” by any stretch of the imagination. Repeated mouthing of catch phrases does not change this fact. And SSCS efforts to stop tuna poaching is a direct benefit to actual common fishermen. SSCS never said that they oppose fishing. They oppose poaching. The same thing applies to whales, sharks, etc. If the oceans continue to get slammed by poaching activities, the more the common fisherman will suffer.

      • romika3

        “SSCS never said that they oppose fishing. They oppose poaching.”Sorry sir, but Mr Paul Watson is on the record stating that he despises anyone who makes their living from the sea and secondly if they only oppose poaching why have, over the years, attacked fishermen participation in legal and managed fisheries (includes seals and whales) with eastern Canada and the Fareos being the examples here. The term “common fisherman” is not a catch phrase.

      • Michael Raymer

        Show me. Show me this “on the record” statement. And get used to posting proofs and bonafides when making such claims. And don’t even think about coming back and telling me to “do my own homework”. I have. I haven’t seen any such statement. And since you have no credibility and a history of blatant deceit, the burden of proof is on you. So, provide your source.

      • AnimuX

        Romika is just upset that his job, of brutally bashing in the skulls of baby seals for the fashion industry, isn’t considered to be “fishing” by most reasonable people (including most Canadians).

        Despite this, he tries repeatedly and desperately to convince everybody that his morally indefensible industry is somehow legitimate.

      • romika3

        “Watson also has a seething hatred of the people whose livelihood he threatens. He’s an elitist who, despite his upbringing among maritime fishermen, has no sympathy for those who make their living from the ocean. He begins his book Seal Wars by calling Canadian sealers “the uneducated and the institutionally unemployed,” “barbarians,” and “piss-drunk on cheap booze.”

      • Michael Raymer

        Well, that may have been an answer, just not to the question I asked.

        romika/romike: Mr Paul Watson is on the record stating that he despises anyone who makes their living from the sea

        Michael Raymer: Show me this “on the record” statement.

        Still waiting.

        His comment about Canadian sealers is NOT a statement about “anyone who makes their living from the sea”.

        And you seem to have copied/pasted your post from somewhere else. Where? What is your source? Why do I have to keep asking and you keep not providing?

      • romika3

        “His comment about Canadian sealers is NOT a statement about “anyone who makes their living from the sea”. Canadain sealers are fishermen. There are no individuals that depend onle on seals. This is a myth that SSCS, PETA, HSUS and 14 other organizations what to continue. An example of a typical annual fishing cycle (Newfoundland and Labrador) would be: seals (sprng), Crab (spring summer), Lobster (spring), Turbot (summer), Cod and another crab quota (fall). Gear is changed depending on the species harvested. This cycle will vary depending on geogarphic location. Other cycles are more specific for example seal, shrimp and perhaps cod. Sorry folks but you are ignorant of the basic facts about fishing and the fishing culture. Your goal is to keep the myths alive, to continue to demonize fishermen, raise funds, and strut around in your SSCS tee shirts pretending to be heros and trying to impress your buddies at cocktale parties.

      • Michael Raymer

        And you STILL haven’t supported your accusation that “Mr Paul Watson is on the record stating that he despises anyone who makes their living from the sea”. Give it up.

    • romika3

      I wonder why you cann’t respond to any of my posts???? Perhaps you cann’t. Read Waston’s commentaries and is books to find our about his hatred towards fishermen. I expect you have read them already and have your proof.

      • Michael Raymer

        And my waiting for proof of your allegation continues. Are you going to provide it or not?

  • romika3

    “Of his native Canada, Watson has said he “despise[s] its government and dislike[s] its people.”

  • romika3

    Animx and Rayme: Let hear something about why Watson attacks fishermen who are participating in legal harvests. Anwer that question for me.

    • Michael Raymer

      romika/romike, that question has been answered on every Sea Shepherd thread on this site. Try and keep up.

  • romika3

    I should add that “Canadian Sealers” are fihermen. The seal hunt is one component of the fishing cycle that include a number of different species harvested throughout the season.

    • Michael Raymer

      I should add that seals are not fish, that they are clubbed and shot instead of hooked or netted and this is done so on pack ice rather than in the water.

      • boo radley

        Yes Romi…science 101…let me know when seals grow gills.

      • romika3

        Your replys to the statment that sealers are fishermen and that the seal hunt is part of the annual fishing cycle demonstrates your true level of understanding of what fishing is, of culture, of the context in which the fishery takes place and you over all ignorance of the facts.

      • Michael Raymer

        “demonstrates your true level of understanding of what fishing is, of culture, of the context in which the fishery takes place and you over all ignorance of the facts.”

        That’s hilarious coming from the truly ignorant. Seal slaughtering is not fishing romika/romike. It never was, it never will be. Calling other people ignorant will never be a device to cover your own.

    • AnimuX

      Bashing in the skulls of helpless baby seals is no more fishing than bashing in the skulls of helpless puppies and kittens.

      The difference is, in Canada you’d be arrested for clubbing puppies and kittens to death but the government will subsidize your effort to destroy baby seals.

      A sick trade for some seriously sick people.

  • romika3

    “That’s hilarious coming from the truly ignorant. Seal slaughtering is not fishing romika/romike. It never was, it never will be. Calling other people ignorant will never be a device to cover your own.” After a clear explanation, in a previous post, outlining examples of the fishing cycle that includes fish, seals, crabs and shrimp your folks still cannot conceptualize it!! Either you are totally disconnected from the broad perspective of the issue, you have been so brainwashed by Watson and his rambling to the point where you are trained to send a fixed message or you perhaps you are simply just uneducated and cannot grasp simple concepts.

    • Michael Raymer

      If an auto mechanic spends a day working on his lawn mower, does that make his lawn mower a car? No, it does not. A fisherman clubbing a baby seal does not make clubbing a baby seal fishing. That’s as simple as it gets romika/romike.

      “to the point where you are trained to send a fixed message”

      Again, hilarity ensues. This coming from Mr. Repetitious Fixed-Message himself. romika/romike you are the reason why I log in here before I even make my morning tea. You start my day off with a smile. romika/romike, you complete me.

      • romika3

        “If an auto mechanic spends a day working on his lawn mower, does that make his lawn mower a car?”
        Raymer, I believe the anwser to your riddle is it makes him a mechanic. Like a fisherman who begins his seal with the seal hunt then moves to crab and then turbot. Your analogy is flawed.

      • boo radley

        Romi3, have you no shame?

  • deanna

    I can not wait for season 4 of whale wars