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by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes, Entertainment, Film/TV.

It’s June – which for the last five years has typically meant a new season of “Whale Wars” on Animal Planet. Noticeably absent however this time around is the promotional material we generally get from the network hyping up the new season. And, now we know why.

According to the New Yorker, “Whale Wars” season six has been pushed back to fall – or worse, possibly even early 2014. It’s an interesting development that doesn’t appear tied to any one issue. Captain Paul Watson briefly mentions that Japan has been threatening the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet with lawsuits. Hasn’t that been happening since season one? Unless Japan’s strategy has changed, a delay of a few months due to pressure from abroad doesn’t make sense.

“Whale Wars” is very much a solid performer for Animal Planet in the ratings department, so clearly there’s something going on behind-the-scenes. The delay may also be tied to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s court battles in the U.S. In another part of the interview, Watson mentions that the I.R.S. is also once again targeting the group.

New Yorker: But the pressure has been ratcheting up for some time; Sea Shepherd has had problems maintaining its nonprofit tax status, too?

Watson: Yeah, that’s very interesting, because the I.R.S. is coming after us. We’ve already had two audits. A couple of years ago, WikiLeaks released a diplomatic cable showing that Monica Medina, the U.S. representative to the International Whaling Commission, was working out a deal with the Japanese government—they want Sea Shepherd shut down in the United States, and they wanted our tax status pulled. And it looked like Monica Medina was saying that she could do that. And I had to remind them that it is a crime in the United States—for the United States to use the I.R.S. as a weapon against a nonprofit organization at the request of a foreign government, and that’s what they’re doing. They backed off, but now the I.R.S. is coming after us again.

Whatever the reasons for the delay, we’re happy that – as of right now – it appears that Animal Planet is still committed to running with season six. Based on the footage we’ve seen from Sea Shepherd’s new film crew, the quality is excellent and the drama intense.

Let’s just hope it lands in our living rooms before the next campaign kicks off in December.

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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  • Mkay

    HHmm. Could it be all the lawsuits that the SSCS is fighting right now instead doing anything constructive?

  • Barb202

    Animal Planet did not supply a film crew for the 6th season, but there were several videographers on board the SSCS ships to capture the pertinent moments in saving the whales. The 6th season was very successful against the Japanese whale poachers, as it should be in a whale sanctuary!. Compiling, editing, etc., may take longer for AP to get the season on air. Go Sea Shepherd!

    • Sea Cucumber

      Barb -That might make sense if there actually was any poaching going on in the Southern Ocean, or if this so-called “Santuary” was recognized by more than just a few countries whose track records for animal abuses and slaughter are legendary. By the way – did you donate to the SSCS? If you did, then do you feel good about the fact that Pete Bethune just got half a million of donation dollars and according to his Facebook site, just went on a fishing trip? You just donated to the SSCS to save marine life, and it went to someone who ratted Paul Watson out and then went on a fishing trip with YOUR money! Hahaha – you just can’t make this stuff up!

      • Cristina Cely

        Do you go buy protected species in the Galapagos Islands, I am sure you do, that is why you are what you are

      • Barb202

        I personally support SSCS and Earthrace Conservation, and I don’t get involved in the personalities or politics of individuals, because this fight is about the whales, plain and simple. Japan needs to stop decimating the ocean of every species, and I will support any organization that will work to stop them and any other country who continues to deplete the oceans. It’s so simple for me, really – if the oceans die, so do we. I’d like my grandchildren to be able to see whales in the ocean when they are my age. If you were smart, you’d be concerned about this as well.

      • Mkay

        If you support Earthrace, Barb, they why don’t you tell Pete to do something about the Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins in New Zealand, which is about to go extinct because the groups you mindlessly sent your money to aren’t doing anything about it. Oh, and the fisheries around Australia and New Zealand are also being decimated, but not by the Japanese. Feel like doing anything about that? I thought not. The truth is that any money you threw away on the SSCS was wasted, and instead went to lawyers, and all the money that the SSCS has had to pay out for Pete and his legal fees while in Japan, the bond money in Germany, and the list goes on. By all means, save your pennies and send them in – I’m sure that they’re going into someone’s pocket, but none of it will be used to save anything. If you believe that, then you must be part of that group of SSCS supporters that think that dolphins have some magical, mystical, telepathic ability and that why they have that smile on their faces – am I right? Yeah… I think so!!! People like you are the reason that scammers, and junk email are still an effective method to separate money from the weak-minded. Like I said – you just can’t make this stuff up!
        Cristina- how does one “buy protected species in the Galapagos”? Is there a store or an App for that?

      • Barb202

        Wow, presume to know me much?? I’ve been on this earth for 60 years, and I am a college educated professional. I don’t fall for scammers and I don’t think dolphins are mystical, but they have been here way longer than we have, and they deserve my respect (and yours). Get over yourself and move on. I said nothing about money of support, did I? I can volunteer and support anyone I choose, and I choose to support those who are fighting the poachers wherever they may be. Pete and Paul are personal acquaintances (are you jealous??). Neither of them are perfect, but I don’t see you doing anything…never heard of you. Get off your butt and help the oceans. Your ranting gives you away, dear.

      • Mkay

        No, I don’t presume to know you, I don’t have to – I already know what I need to know about you. Pete only said what he said so he could get his money – and that’s what the SSCS is all about – money. YOUR money! Your money went to Pete, the lawyers, and everyone else who is going to win their cases against the SSCS. Pete was just the first – there will be others. Jealous? About you being “acquaintances” with Pete or Paul – I think not. Both are scammers – want proof? Where is Paul now? Oh, he’s hiding, that’s right! There’s your hero – hiding from the authorities when he talked for years about “arrest me or shut up”. OK, so they did, and he fled like a small petulant child. I guess all that talk about putting “whaling on trial” was just that – talk only. Shame, really.

        Personally I don’t care how old you are or what you think your level of education is – if you have to bring it up, then you are insecure about it. Fact. Another fact is that Paul got rich off of people like you – like the televangelists you see on TV. I still think I’m right about people like you and dolphins – my guess is that if you have a Facebook profile, it has those idealistic pictures of dolphins swimming with mermaids and unicorns and such – am I right??? Yeah.. I think I hit a nerve on that one!

      • Barb202

        Go away, child…..

      • Sea Cucumber

        Give it up, MKAY – I can hear the sheep bleating getting louder! Funny thing about the pictures you mentioned, most of the SSCS fans have them, and they post mesages to the dolphins and unicorns and stuff – it’s really funny and scary at the same time.

      • marcus

        Your also correct about NZ fisheries being in huge trouble. But Sealords is Half owned by the Japanese. And Sealords have basically Bottom trawled the NZ coast to death You will find a lot of fisheries around the world have some Japanese ownership. I remember talking with Steve oshea who use to be an observer aboard the Sealords vessels. He now has a hatred for this company saying they should all be thrown in jail for what they have done. Oh and Pete has jumped on the Hector and Maui bandwagon. Maybe because like yourself, others were giving him grief for Not doing anything in NZ on these issues. But Petes comments about him “getting a feed” from the ocean blows me away every time i hear him state it.

      • Sea Cucumber

        @Barb – I would have to ask you why you support a man (and I use that term loosely) who runs and hides after saying for years that he wanted to bring whaling to the forefront of the media. Well, here’s his chance, and what does he do? Yeah, MKAY is right – he’s hiding. Seems like a coward to me. Yup – running and hiding is cowardly. Kind of hard to save the whales when you’re on all fours behind the sofa waiting for the Boogie Man to go away.

        @Cristina – So you admit that Pete Bethune is a liar, thanks for confirming that. You sound like you’re proud of him…. Do you think that the family of the man that the Earthrace ran over and killed is just as proud of him as you are? Do you think that they cheer him on too?

        One’s a coward, and one was captain of the boat that killed a fisherman for the glory of a speed record – gee, they sound like real heroes to me. And you guys send them your money, huh? I guess cowardice and the death of an innocent fisherman is ok in your eyes as long as you save the whales? Is that how you feel?

      • PokerRay

        Funny. You’re calling a man that has spent years on the most dangerous oceans of the world a coward while you hide behind your keyboard.
        And you claim that SSCS is scamming people out of money when they keep buying more ships, more fuel and more provisions to go and proactively stop whaling….while you punk cowards hide behind your keyboards.
        I hear the sheep beating getting louder too.

      • Barb202

        Like I said, go away children. If you can’t be constructive and do something for the oceans, you’re not needed. Cowards stay behind their computers. Heroes stand on the front lines and fight the good causes. I’m off to the front line :)

      • Mkay

        Barb – you’re in no position to determine what is neeeded and what isn’t. All you’ve learned about whaling comes from a “reality TV show”, and nothing else. You make little-to-no sense and it’s quite obvious that you’re one of those that mindlessly hands their money over to the first charlatan that cries about the whales.

        Heroes stand on the front line? Then by your own definition Watson is a coward because he is not on the front line – he is in hiding. Where is he now? On the front line? I don’t think so. Thanks for confirming he is a coward and proving me right!
        Also – to Poker Ray – I find it hilarious that an anonymous user who calls himself “PokerRay” has the idiocy to call other people out for hiding behind their keyboards and anonymous names when he himself uses one and is doing exaclty the same thing!! You are too funny! Thanks also for agreeing with me that the sheep bleating from the SSCS faithful is getting louder. At least we agreed on that.

      • PokerRay

        I used my real name on here for several years, but decided to go with a screen name when the site switched to Disqus. So keep finding stuff hilarious….you’re the only one. In any event, I’m not the one looking for lame excuses to criticize the efforts of others.
        Watson has been on the frontline while you hide behind your keyboard, coward. Ask mommy for a hotpocket and go back to your Warcraft game.

      • Sea Cucumber

        @Pokerray Not for nothing, but making comments about anyone else hiding behind their keyboard and then doing the same thing yourself is kind of funny and hypocritical at the same time. Also, jokes about hotpockets and warcraft are pretty overused at this point. Same goes for “living in the basement” comments, which you haven’t said yet but were no doubt thinking about. You’re just as bad for arguing with him, can’t you see that? Everyone else does. I clicked on your profile and saw that you do spend quite an amount of time commenting on here, as if you yourself don’t have anything else better to do. Maybe you should get out there with Barb and save the world because Watson and Bethune won’t. That much is certain.

      • PokerRay

        Not for nothing? It is for nothing. I don’t need to look up your profile because you have been and remain very familiar to me. And every accusation you and your friends have made have come to nothing. Think about that sometime. No one has been killed, whaling in the Southern Ocean has been made a fiasco, Watson is not in jail. The claims about contributors to SSCS being scammed are a pathetic joke, as the latest campaign so comprehensively shows. You are a pathetic joke for making these accusations and claims. Mkay is a pathetic joke for making them. And I am going to keep making a joke out of you. Cry about it all you wish. You brought it down upon yourself.

      • Zippo Raid

        @PokerRay:disqus – Actually the only jokes around here are you
        and Barb. You especially though. You
        accused other of being “keyboard cowards” when you are guilty of the very same
        thing. That makes YOU the joke,
        Pokerboy! One of your heroes is on the run like a scared
        child, and the other is a glory-seeking individual who was responsible for the
        death of a fisherman. Yeah, real heroes
        you got there.

        The whaling continues, and will continue in the Sothern
        Ocean, as well as everywhere else it is done.
        The SSCS has stopped exactly nothing.
        Sharks are still being finned in the Galapagos right under the SSCS’s
        nose, Dolphins are still being killed in Taiji, seals are being hunted in
        Namibia and Canada, BF Tuna are still being caught in the Med, the list of failures
        continues to grow, as do the legal fees that the SSCS is hemorrhaging out. All of these activities run unabated.

        @Marcus – You seem to know a lot about Pete Bethune – would
        you might have served with Pete at some point? I think that puts you in a good position to
        talk about Pete, eh? I think so. Who made the deal with the Japanese
        companies in New Zealand? Your
        government did. It’s just business. Pete mentioned on a recent Facebook post
        about going fishing – now isn’t THAT a trip!

        By the way, PokerBoy – you can say goodbye to the Hector’s
        and Maui’s dolphins because the word around the conservation campfire is that
        the numbers are now too low to sustain the species. Congratulations to the SSCS and Earthrace for
        not doing a damn thing about that right on Pete’s front door while he’s off playing
        at being a Navy SEAL for the TV cameras.
        Maybe you can get Paul to help with the…
        oh wait… That right, he’s running
        and hiding from everybody right now. It’s not every day that you get to have
        ringside seats at an extinction of a species of cetacean – consider yourselves
        luck that you were here to see it first-hand.

      • PokerRay

        I didn’t start the accusations. But since you want to continue the chickenshit parade, I’ll go ahead and laugh at you too. Watson is evading a bogus arrest warrant, and that didn’t stop him from showing up in the SO to confront the whalers yet again.
        I’m on record on this site for being no fan or friend of Pete Bethune. Try to keep up, son
        Whaling has been reduced to next to nothing in the Southern Ocean. Even the ICR directly admits to it. Another swing and a miss.
        I can’t help but notice that you reel off a “list of failures” with more than a little enjoyment. Why is that?
        You also seem to be happy about the Hector’s and Maui dolphins. Again, why is that? Are you really so pathetic that this is where your life finds joy?

      • Mkay

        PokerRay… I didn’t really see any enjoyment when he listed the SCS’s failures, and he’s right, they haven’t stopped anything really. They spend some time with each cause, get their photo ops, TV shots, and donations, and then move on – it’s the same story over and over again. Yeah, you’re right, Watson was in the SO – which is in international waters, but where is he now? Still in international waters where he can continue running and hiding? If the warrants are “bogus” as you claim, then why doesn’t he come ashore and face them so he can put “whaling on trial” as he has been saying for years that he would? You don’t have to answer that – I will do that for you. The answer is that the warrant isn’t bogus and does indeed hold water. He’ll eventually be caught somewhere and thrown in jail – and you can forget about any kind of bail – they don’t give bail-jumpers a second chance. He’ll end up in Costa Rica or Japan and will be here for many years to come, unlike Bethune who was freed in a few months.

        Maybe Zippo is right – maybe it is actually going to take the extinction of the Hector’s dolphins to show the NZ people that their SSCS buddies in Australia didn’t actually do anything about it when they really could have. Seems pricey for a wake-up call, but sheep are hard to wake up and it takes some effort. In this case, an entire species has to die before you will see the SSCS for what they are – nothing. Sad that you can’t see that.

      • PokerRay

        Mkay, you’ve made it obvious to all that you only see what you want to see and if the facts get in the way of your latest post-of-drivel, you won’t bother to see them. The Costa Rica thing is bullshit and everyone with a functioning mind knows it. And neither country can guarantee Watson’s safety if he turns himself in. You know this too. You’re stupid but you’re not THAT stupid. So who in their right mind would turn themselves in for a de facto death sentence? Would you?
        We’ve heard this whole, “why are they here and not there” argument too many times for you to get any credibility from it.

      • Mkay

        Pokerray – I see what I see, as does everyone else. The SSCS has actually stopped nothing. If you think I’m wrong, then tell me of a species that is no longer being hunted due to the SSCS – that’s right, you can’t. It’s all still happening. You may think that the “Costa Rica thing is bullshit” (as you put it), but the fact is that your opinion doesn’t count for squat. The Costa Ricans don’t think it’s BS, and neither does Paul Watson, otherwise he wouldn’t be running like the coward he is. Only YOU think it’s BS, and you don’t know jack. Someone from the circus once said that there was “one born every minute”, and that definitely encompasses you! You and Barb are in good company with each other. You better run off home now – I think I heard a bluegill crying for help – you better go save it!

      • PokerRay

        The veracity of my comments is as clear as day. The evidence is abundant and available everywhere. Meanwhile the petulance shown in your ongoing rants is clear also. And again, you of all people, accusing anyone else of cowardice is as amusing as it can be.

      • dogsbarking

        And what is your solution? Oh, I know, just keep denigrating (look it up) those who are actually DOING something, by garnering millions of people around the world to get involved, be informed, & donate if possible, while they are risking their lives taking a stand & enabling us to have a front row seat to the carnage! What is your problem? The world is very large & the problems enormous, governments almost impossible to confront on any level about this earth & it’s oceans & the catastrophic damage that we have & are causing. They, and obviously you, think that tomorrow will never come. Wake up!! It IS tomorrow right now. Never mind, I’m talking to a brick wall.

      • marcus

        Look i totally agree with you about Pete Bethune. Pete has zero History in Marine Conservation. Every single fish, Mussel, Paua that anyone takes from the ocean has an impact.. Recreational fishermen have a huge impact on fisheries stocks as do commercial. Ive seen areas of NZ plundered by the public who just take their allowable catch. But they take that catch day after day after day over summer. As for Paul Watson i have a ton of respect for. He is worth more to the Environment free than locked up in a Japanese Jail. And i truly believe Paul Watson could end up dead if Jailed. I have never supported Pete Bethune and still have no idea why anyone would. But Sea Shepherd Save lives so i don’t mind sending them money and support. I don’t think Pete should have been paid out but at least it finally gets rid of the guy.

      • romika3

        Recreational fishing regulations, ie catch limits etc are determined by sound management practices…perhaps New Zealand better hire competent fisheries biologists and mangers…You know nothing about Paul Watson and his ways and his past…. He is down in Australia now preying on you folks because you know nothing about this pseudo-pirate…

      • marcus

        Yes maybe being with Sea Shepherd for the past 20+ years mean I know nothing. But I’m betting you have far less knowledge than I do. Also there is Nothing “sound” with the majority of fisheries management systems around the world. NZ is ranked around 8th on the world and getting worse.

      • Judy Davis Nicholson

        If he were to go to japan, he would have an accident that wasnt really an accident, get my drift. Never to return except in a black box.

    • romika3

      It has been know well for this season’s circus show that AP and the viewing audience were growing tired about a series about nothing and the documentation of events that were mostly orchestrated for the cameras.

      • marcus

        Thats not quite correct. All events happen. The editing does plays around with those events tho

      • romika3

        Sorry, but I am quite correct…..we are very very knowledgeable about Watson’s history and his methods of manipulation…..

      • marcus

        Actually no your not

      • Joseph DeMartino Jr.

        good lord you’re still around?

  • Scott Smith

    What can Japan possibly do to Animal Planet? Maybe they won’t allow them to film wildlife in Japan? If so, Japan loses it’s visibility in the Animal Planet kingdom on television, so what’s the point? That would only decrease tourism and money spent to come and see Japan. Clearly, Japan hasn’t thought about the supplimental concequences. The loss of 1 country to be filmed isn’t the loss of the world. Japan needs to grow up, and follow the laws that the rest of the world has to follow…and stop fighting to be the continuous lawbreaker.

    • Mkay

      Scott – can you tell me what exact law that Japan is breaking? If you’re accusing Japan of being a “lawbreaker, then you must know the law, right? So, what is it? Also, I don’t think that tourism in Japan is suffering at all. In fact, it’s on the rise, as is tourism in the Faroes since “Whale Wars Viking Shores” first aired. Paul Watson did more for the Faroese economy than years of travelogues combined, and that’s a fact!

      • Scott Smith

        Japan is breaking the law that doesn’t allow commercial whaling. There is no REAL “research”. MKay, if you genuinely believe that the whalers are out for research and not out for commerce, then you genuinely lack common sense. To quote Albert Einstein…”the difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has it’s limits”. Do you lack common sense and believe that Japan is only in this for research?

      • Karl Malloy

        It took you six months to reply and then you still don’t cite the law that you claim is being broken? Lame. I guess there isn’t one.

      • Karl Malloy

        By, the way, once you do find what you claim to be the law, here’s the part of the IWC convention that overrides it:
        Notice the word NOTWITHSTANDING, which means it doesn’t matter what the provision you cite against commercial whaling says. Note also the second provision, which requires the meat and byproducts to be sold.
        1. Notwithstanding anything contained in this Convention any Contracting Government may grant to any of its nationals a special permit authorizing that national to kill, take and treat whales for purposes of scientific research subject to such restrictions as to number and subject to such other conditions as the Contracting Government thinks fit, and the killing, taking, and treating of whales in accordance with the provisions of this Article shall be exempt from the operation of this Convention. Each Contracting Government shall report at once to the Commission all such authorizations which it has granted. Each Contracting Government may at any time revoke any such special permit which it has granted.

        2. Any whales taken under these special permits shall so far as practicable be processed and the proceeds shall be dealt with in accordance with directions issued by the Government by which the permit was granted.

      • Scott Smith

        I recently found out how to get notifications sent to me when someone comments. Otherwise, I had no idea that anyone commented on my posts. You wanted to know where the laws exist? And what laws they are? The IWC…‘moratorium’ on global commercial whaling (Paragraph 10e

        of the Schedule, e.g. IWC, 2006a), which sets commercial

        whaling catch limits to zero for all species in all areas,

        irrespective of their conservation status. Thus, the

        moratorium, adopted in 1982.

      • Karl Malloy

        Scott, what I love is that 6 days ago I had already known your exact reply and refuted it… see my comment that starts with “By the way”. Search the page for my anticipation of what you are about to post next, as well.

      • Scott Smith

        In your futile efforts to go back to slavery, and keeping women from the voting booths, so will end your quest to “whale the ocean clean of the mammal species”. 95 percent of the world has already arrived, and it’s only a matter of a short time before the support of the remainder of the world will bankrupt your cause. You can kick and scream like a child while you slash away at the nearest whales in sight, but when all is said and done (sooner than later), your cause will be buried forever, just like slavery.

      • Karl Malloy

        You seem to think that the Japanese don’t believe in the conservation of whales. If that were the case whales would already be gone. What they disagree with is the concept that there must be zero whaling, i.e. they believe that the taking of 50 sei whales per year will not dent the population regrowth. They also believe that since minke whales are not endangered there is a manageable take number that should be established as an annual quota.

        Humans have rights that are guaranteed largely by the fact that when violated, such as in slavery, they can physically attack each other. In contrast whales rely on people like you to work on their behalf. I’m pretty comfortable with where that will end.

      • Karl Malloy

        I don’t think you speak English as a first language so forgive me if I ask you to clarify WTF you are saying. If you’re equating hunting with slavery you’re incontrovertibly a sick MF. Get your priorities straight.

      • Judy Davis Nicholson

        Japan is a superpower that can get away with whatever they want. If the good ole usa goes up against them then we lose money plus the usa owes them tons of money they might want all at once. Then lets talk laws. What they do is breaking gods law. They dont kill whales just for food, its all about the green called money, thats why they are such a power country and why the u s doesnt stand up against them.call it what you or anybody else will, if we keep letting whales be killed to fill their guts, then there will be none left like so many other animals that are gone forever. What a waste and shame. I will always stand by this feeling, others should too, save our animals and our world that god gave us.

      • Scott Smith

        In your futile efforts to go back to slavery, and keeping women from the voting booths, so will end your quest to “whale the ocean clean of the mammal species”. 95 percent of the world has already arrived, and it’s only a matter of a short time before the support of the remainder of the world will bankrupt your cause. You can kick and scream like a child while you slash away at the nearest whales in sight, but when all is said and done (sooner than later), your cause will be buried forever, just like slavery. I have bookmarked this page, and will return to it when whaling has been eliminated, forever. When (not “if”) than happens, I will send you a reminder to show you that I was right.

  • Cristina Cely

    FYI Bethune admitted that he LIED in court. FYI…CONSTRUCTIVE???, saving over 4500 whales since 2005 is not constructive??? DUDE!!!! go educate yourself, do something “constructive”

    • http://theinconvenienttruthonwhaling.blogspot.com/ kujirakira

      So he lied in court; then he told the truth upon returning to NZ; then he lied again when SS wouldn’t sell his book; and now he’s telling the truth after Watson agreed to pay him $500,000 ??
      Oh how the wheels turn.
      That anyone believes anything these people say is truly a demonstration of how gullible mankind is. A sucker born every minute.

  • Cristina Cely

    pro whalers anti sea shepherds always make my day, they entertain endlessly, but I am sure that if we put them in a high risk situation like the ones we go through….THEY WOULD WET THEIR PANTS lol

    • romika3

      The majority of your “high risk’ situations have been “set-ups” for the camera and no more. When one follows the antics of Watson for over 25 years a pattern surfaces…..

  • http://theinconvenienttruthonwhaling.blogspot.com/ kujirakira

    So in other words the next season of WW will never happen. As I suspected since the moment it was announced AP wouldn’t pay for their own film crew to go down this year.
    The clock is ticking. I look forward to the day AP and Discovery are in court defending how they’ve made a profit off of illegal activities.
    Spout all your rhetoric and lies about poachers on Facebook; the judges aren’t buying it. Besides, there’s another court case in ICJ that’ll wrap that one up too — and it’s not looking good for the anti-conservationist ARAs there either.
    The house of cards is crashing down — this is what happens when you build an entire movement on nothing but lies, deceit, and misinformation. You’ll convince a lot of uneducated people who don’t check the facts before forming an opinion, but eventually the light will shine and it’ll all come to a halt.
    Watching the SS Board of Directors scrambling to throw each other under the boss with the appeals they’ve made against each other in the last 2 months has been most amusing.

    • Joseph DeMartino Jr.

      I like that you don’t know the difference between “buss” and “boss”

  • mitchell9

    I haven’t seen anything from AP that indicates they intend to air the sixth season of Whale Wars. At the annual meeting of the television critics last winter where networks unveil new shows, there was little fanfare over Whale Wars. At that time, it had been announced that SSCS was filming themselves and editing the final product in house. AP didn’t say that they wouldn’t air such a production, but the did say that there would be some issues to resolve.

    Later on, after the US injunction was issued, Scott West said that in separating itself from the SO campaign, any contracts between AP and SSCS would have to be re-negotiated with SSAU, ltd.

    Other than blocking a refueling, what is there to show for a series this year?

    • Mkay

      Mitchell – They will exlore the wonders and mystery of eating Tofutti, watercress, and Veganaise sandwiches every day for three months.

  • Sea Cucumber

    That is AWESOME! Calling it like it is. Better watch out, Mkay, you’re going to get Pokerray all bothered and then he’s going to break out his warrior keyboard and comment furiously. Lol!

  • romika3

    Watson and the SSCS is out of the picture. Most supporters have seen the Watson and SSCS for what they really are, opportunists and no more. A recent analysis of ‘web’ traffic on social networks such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter etc and news feeds show a 90% drop in SSCS garble. Watson was a one-man media manic spending most of his time down below in his cabin posting and fundraising. Time to move on and focus on and support conservation organizations that make a difference and work hand-in-hand with all stakeholders….

    • marcus

      Sea Shepherd “garble” always drops back after any major Campaign. Completely normal. But i know for a fact Sea Shepherd support has grown hugely in the past few years..Everyone is Entitled to support whoever they want. The bottom line is Sea Shepherd have saved Thousands of lives. And thats enough for a lot of people.

      • romika3

        Sorry, but you are incorrect….

      • marcus

        Again your wrong. It’s fairly obvious after every campaign Internet gossip slows then dies away. Happens every single year then builds again. Not a smart way to judge support. Membership is growing and growing. Now that’s a better way to judge support.

      • romika3

        Sorry, we have been tracking since 2009 and traffic is way, way down……Supports have found better things to spend their money on other than SSCS tee shirts and cheap SSCS jewelry…..

      • marcus

        Thats bizarre. So what your saying is internet traffic is Down with Sea Shepherd supporters and you think that is because supporters are moving away from Sea Shepherd??. Strange when Memberships are at an all time High and donations are flowing in like never before. Lets remember in 2002 Sea Shepherd only had 2 vessels and were lucky if they could scrape in with enough fuel to do a campaign with 1 vessel. Now they have 5 fast vessels and can fuel and stock all ships with supplies and have small boats. I think your way of calculating support is poor at best.

      • romika3

        Sorry to burst you bubble but he left the southern ocean for lack of resources.

      • marcus

        Lol they followed the fleet north. The Steve was low on fuel so returned to port and the bob continued to follow. The fleet then turned south again into terrible weather. The whaling season was over. Japan got its worst catch ever and were infuriated. Fantastic result. Sea Shepherd had its largest fleet down there. Hardly a lack of resources. Very funny

      • romika3

        A comparison between May 2013 and May 2012 (one month sample from google search), traffic down 82 %…….

      • Judy Davis Nicholson

        Too bad im not rich I would buy him a dozen ships.

  • marcus

    This guy is a complete Douche bag. He even says pirates can be anything from Hollywood fantasies all the way to Somali Pirates. And states Paul believes humans are like a virus on this Planet. Wow so Paul sides with the majority of scientists around the world. Smart guy. But some scientist believe the planet can actually support up to 3 Billion people. With us being at 7 Billion and expected to grow to up to 14 Billion within 50 years Pauls right on the money. This guys just living in a bubble.

    • Bobby Smela

      your the DOUCH MARCUS!!!!!

      • marcus

        bobby have you watched the you tube video Mkay has posted above my comment. .? The guy on the video has no clue about Sea Shepherd or Paul Watson. To come on here and just call people names and have nothing intelligent to actually add seems kinda pointless. But carry on.

  • marcus

    Things have been done things regarding Sealords. Earth island was contacted
    and Sealords were forced to remove their Dolphin Friendly Labeling from
    their products. They have also received huge pressure to stay away from
    the Sea Banks North of NZ and more monitoring has taken place aboard their vessels.Sadly the damage has been done and those areas effected may never be the same again.

  • romika3

    Here is the Watson paradox. The Japanese whale harvest consist of minke whales, this species is not endangered. They have licence to take endangered species. Iceland will be taking endangered fin whales later this summer but you will never see Watson there. His focus is on “opportunity”. In the southern ocean there opportunity to be a pretend pirate, demonize a people and a culture and make money on the backs of the Japanese. Kind of like what he did to the people of eastern Canada when he launched a campaign to “save” a healthy population of harp seals. Approaching a populations of millions he continues to cash cheques. So is Watson off to Iceland to make “war”, ram ships, throw acid, drag warps to foul propellers? The Icelandic fin whale quote is higher than the Japanese, so where is Watson………perhaps a wise SSCS tee shirt owner can answer this question.

    • JayLovex

      While the Japanese do have Minke whales in their inventory that is not the only species of whales that they catch. They do indeed go after endangered whales all for the sake of “science”. Their “scientific research” is nothing but bull crap. According to the Japanese research website, they claim that the reason they’re even doing the research is so that they know which whales they can kill when whaling becomes legal again. How about we just say that whaling will never be legal again? Add that onto the commercial whaling ban and be done with it. Then there would be no need for these whalers to do their “research”. As far as Iceland goes, I have no idea about that.

  • jerry

    yes, I would like a whale meat burger with american cheese, and can I have large squid fries and a ground beaf hamburger. and a large Coke. to go.

  • Amfortas

    Perhaps Mkay and his friends are really supporters and/or work for Japan’s whaling fleet?

  • Bob Larabie

    so i watched this vidoe all this show is that this guy in the video is a dumbass…and for everybody else that is whinning and crying stop your lip and get out and do somthing…seemd to me the only people doing anything is the SS…so shut up and do somthing and stop worring about other peoples money….

    • Bob is a moron

      apparently you are a dumbass. You probably believe that he got shot like he claimed too. You remember that don’t ya moron? When he just say there and pulled a bullet out of his vest and said omg they shot me.,I hope you are one of the ones Watson bashes over the head and kills

      • Bobby Smela

        sounds like your the real DUMBASS

  • fouad

    there is are very few people who are like Steve Irwin and Paul Watson. a True Canadian at heart and a real human who love his home Earth. Mr. Watson Stated clearly, they are an intervening organization. People do stab each other for money, do you really think they care about our ocean?! Mr. Watson cares about man kind and earth far more than anyone else; and he is willing to sacrifice his life for the rest of us. If our ocean dies, we die. He has been called pirate, and have been misunderstood. Before order comes, rebellions must spread. Before the beautiful sun, the moon and the cold night stand.

    our ocean will not see peace without Paul Watson’s great war against illegal activities.

  • Deanna Kelly

    Hurry up please

  • Aaron

    Your an idiot just like the wanna be news guy

  • Jeffrey Davis

    I do enjoy watching the Japanese make fools of these stumbling, bumbling idiots who pretend that they are actually making a difference.

    • Judy Davis Nicholson

      Yea they are a real sweet group, kinda reminds me of the stories war veterans tell of how cruel, and murderous they were to our guys during wwii.talk about paul being so bad, maybe you missed the parts of the show where our people were almost killed.u s a baby, stand on the right side or move on.

  • Greg Berk

    Whale Wars is a great show and helps save some whales from needless carnage. I hope Paul does not hate humans and call them virus’. Man has a evil nature, plain and simple, and Jesis came to save us from evil. That said, Paul’s fight is a moral one and I support his work.

  • Topsail

    wow, this guy has deeply twisted facts! Just proves no media is above being influenced by govt!

  • Judy Davis Nicholson

    This guy is a complete jerk, hope they feed him to the whales. Itsis people , like this that cause trouble. Dont say the government will help, bull. Take this guy and dump him in japan with the whale killing, slop eating group, good place for him.they dont need to eat whales. Stand up animal planet or let someone else who will. Cowards. Remember whales can not be replaced and they will be like all the other animals gone forever. Hooray for peter for standing up against these jap murderers.its time for the american people to stand up for what is right and not be ran over by a jap superpower. Save the whales and other animals people like this that are destroyers.go whale wars gang, stand tall.

  • Freedom Fighter

    I just wish that the factory ship would have kept on going and sunk that idiot captain.