July 24, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 09:00 AM ET


They’re willing to die to save whales!
the cast takes you inside the
life-and-death drama of “Whale Wars”.
Are they going too far?
And! Why Bob Barker defends the radical tactics!

Do YOU think the cast of
“Whale Wars”  is going too far?

Weigh in below!

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Alissa   July 1st, 2010 7:02 pm ET

I love you guys.

Smith in Oregon   July 1st, 2010 7:18 pm ET

Whew, I was starting to think this new topic and discussion was never going to be posted!

With a recent 5 year study performed by a sizable group of researchers that collected whale tissue for sampling without harming the whales found extremely high levels of toxic heavy metals Mercury, Lead, Cadmium, Titanium and a wide range of pesticides calling into severe doubt that Whale meat was even safe for humans to consume.

Whales which mostly feed on the lowest section of the food chain in the world's Ocean (krill), are a fair and accurate biometric on how toxic and contaminated seafood and fish have become in the past decade of Republican corporate dumping of hazardous waste into the world's Oceans.

As I have stated here and in other places on the web in the past, I find it entirely ironic that the very toxins that evil people, countrys and corporations have dumped into the Oceans could very well end up with mass numbers of commercially sought fish species being so contaminated with pesticides and toxic metals they are entirely deemed unfit for human consumption and slip further to deemed unfit for pet consumption.

So many country's around the world entirely depend on seafood for nearly all of their protein consumption and would lead to mass starvation around the world if seafood were largely unsafe and harmful for humans to consume. Ironically many species that are greatly over-fished by greedy Republican led corporations would likely recover leading to their toxic protection against human consumption, a modern day Republican evolutionary adaption, go figure!

Regina   July 1st, 2010 7:21 pm ET

I love The Seashperd Organization!

Tracy in Euless, TX   July 1st, 2010 7:22 pm ET

I applaud the Sea Shepherds and the stand they are taking to protect endangered wildlife. People who call their actions "extreme" need to take a good look at the horrific actions whalers are taking on our whales.

Euless, TX

Shannon Hogan   July 1st, 2010 7:28 pm ET

Would Larry Please ask the captain why they dont drop the
butaric acid bottles from the helicopter onto the processing ship.And please dont let him tell say it is to dangerous.It would be alot safer than having people out in small boats that cannot approach effectivley due to water cannons.The HELICOPTER SEEMS SAFEER AND WOULD WAY MORE EFFECTIVE........

Kristin Maselli   July 1st, 2010 7:35 pm ET

My entire family is addicted to this show! My 12-year-old daughter recently did a school project about Paul Watson and Whale Wars and encouraged her classmates to watch! While we don't always agree with the methods, we whole-heartedly agree with the cause. We totally support them and are thankful there are people willing to put their lives on the line for those beautiful animals! While we would really miss the show and not know what to do with our Friday nights, we hope there won't need to be Whale Wars in the future. That the governments, particularly the Japanese, will step up and do the right thing. Go Paul Watson and your crews! May you succeed and come home safely!

Kaitlin   July 1st, 2010 8:05 pm ET

They are doing what governments won't.They have yet to "take it to far" nor do I believe they ever will! Sea Shephered is making the world aware of what is happening and doing what they can to stop it before its to late! When there are no whales left because of the Japanese hunts people will care and wonder why the world and governments allowed it!

alicia palacin   July 1st, 2010 8:46 pm ET

I have loved and watched the Larry King show for years and look to it for the latest news in all aspects. I also watch the Campbell Brown/Anderson Cooper for the middle of the road coverage of the news. I am not interested in opinion type shows for my nightly news and I feel that CNN might just be heading this way because of the dropping in ratings all these shows have experienced in the last year. If this is the case then it is a sad day for America that no one is interested in news unless it is an entertainment/opinionated type news show like the Joy Behar show. I have watched her show and enjoyed it but it is more of a gossip type show. If CNN goes the way of Fox news then I will look for news elsewhere...Alicia Palacin

don diehl   July 1st, 2010 9:04 pm ET

Larry ask paul about Pete Bethune. He is a real heroe.

Smith in Oregon   July 1st, 2010 9:05 pm ET

There must be some way that Sea Shepard science support team could safely without harming the whales taint Whale Meat that would entirely make them unfit for human consumption.

The Japanese ship deliberately ramming and running over the high speed high tech Sea Shepard pursuit vessel is a International Crime. It seems anything goes now in the post Bush Family values era in regards to high seas crimes.

Robert   July 1st, 2010 9:07 pm ET

I applaud Sea Shepherd's efforts. In the spirit of the non-violent course they have set out for as an organization I believe they have done an outstanding job. It is clear, however, that the Japanese Whalers are stepping up aggressive actions and even crossed the line to where they have endangered human lives. It is very clear that these Whalers will not stop the murdering of innocent whales until they know there are serious repercussions. Until there is a fear of life or loss of whaling vessels I feel the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will be needed for a very, very, long time.

Keep up the good work guys! One life saved is worth all the effort!


Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 1st, 2010 9:07 pm ET

Lets see sea Shepard go deal with the oil in the gulf coast the whales and Dolphines both are getting slauterd .

Smith in Oregon   July 1st, 2010 9:07 pm ET

What happened to the high speed Sea Shepard pursuit vessels captain who was detained on a Japanese harpooning ship and taken to trial in Japan? I certainly hope Larry King asks the present members that question!

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 1st, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Im serious what can Sea Shepard do to lead the Whales and Dolphines to safety .

JT Banks   July 1st, 2010 9:09 pm ET

Two Comments for the Captain:

1. Most importantly, why don't you sue the Japanese whalers by making them disclose exactly what their scientific research is focused on, arguing that they only need "X" amount of tissue to gather data for their scientific cause.

2. Why don't you emit sounds with underwater devices that will drive the whales away from the "Research" harpoon ships?

Laura   July 1st, 2010 9:10 pm ET

Captain Paul.....when are you coming to Ontario Canada, so many would love to attend one of your speaking engagements!

Go get em' Sea Sheppards!!!!

Smith in Oregon   July 1st, 2010 9:11 pm ET

Suggestion to the Sea Shepard science and support staff, add a Butaric Acid injection tube to your aft water cannon's and inject copious amounts of butaric acid with the water after the water cannon has been adjusted for optimum dispersal and targeting.

Stephanie Roades   July 1st, 2010 9:12 pm ET

It is so great to see the Sea Shepherds getting recognition they deserve. I look forward to their presence in the Gulf.

linda   July 1st, 2010 9:13 pm ET

All I can say is God bless the crew of the Sea Shepard & the crew of the Bob Barker. Anyone who really cares about the earth & the animals of the earth and oceans will feel this way. It almost seems like a lot of mankind just wants to destroy what is perfect & beautiful, for their own gain, when they could be doing better things with their lives.

Joshua   July 1st, 2010 9:13 pm ET

I appreciate their effort to protect the lives of innocent animals. Yet, why don't the sea shephards really act like pirates. They dress up all in black with jolly roger flags flying, but throw stinky bombs? Don't tell everyone that you're hardcore animal rights activists and "willing to trade your life for the whales," and then throw stink gook at them. Why don't they try some real pirate-like action?"

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 1st, 2010 9:16 pm ET

Im a sailor and if I wasnt half dead I would help Sea Shepard .

Shawn Sinclair   July 1st, 2010 9:17 pm ET

No Because I think that it is a good thing that the seashepherd group does and i would like to say that i watch whale wars on animal planet every week and that I hope the sea shepherd group can get the 2 million dollars to get a new ady gil and name it the ady gil II.

Arnold Mi   July 1st, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I am not pro or con on killing whales, but I am curious as to how many tons of fish that a whale consumes daily and what effect on an areas commercial fishing whales would have.

Suzy Steinberg   July 1st, 2010 9:19 pm ET

I truly love what you are doing! I just wish you could put torpedoes on your ships and take the whole fleet out!

Holly   July 1st, 2010 9:19 pm ET

It is awesome what they are doing! Just wondering if they are planning to get down in the gulf and help those whales too. I've seen the videos of them coming up out of the oil for air and keep thinking how are these beautiful creatures going to survive this manmade mess.

Brad M is Illinois   July 1st, 2010 9:20 pm ET

Everyone on the Sea Shephard are today's super heroes, You are great leaders and inspire many. Thank you for all you are doing.

Juliana V.   July 1st, 2010 9:20 pm ET

We love you, guys!!!

Smith in Oregon   July 1st, 2010 9:22 pm ET

More funding to Sea Shepard would likely help them purchase the anti-piracy sound systems used now to repeal pirates using high frequency sound cannons which Sea Shepard could turn on the whaling vessels.

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 1st, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Eating Whales and Dolphines is like eating a human being kick those zero's butts .

rick   July 1st, 2010 9:27 pm ET

i commend what they do. i watched whale wars and was inspired. i have thought seriously about trying to join them. i'm a network security professional and i can think of ways to electronically disrupt these criminals. its totally non violent... but will put a harpoon right in the middle of their ability to do anything.

tom   July 1st, 2010 9:27 pm ET

a whale is a mammal, not a fish. it is illegal to shoot a dog, much less a human

Michele   July 1st, 2010 9:31 pm ET

What do your guests think about President Obama supporting the whale hunt? I hope you keep up your good work.

Josh Teder   July 1st, 2010 9:32 pm ET

I don't think that Sea Shepherd is going too far at all. I think they need a new boat after the sinking of the Ady Gil. Are they going to replace the Ady Gil for the next campaign in the Southern Ocean?

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 1st, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Bob Barker would have a hell of a time trying to spay or neuter a whale .

Annie   July 1st, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Paul Watson is a man among men.

Annie   July 1st, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Question for Paul: As a founding member of Greenpeace, what motivated you to leave them?

rick   July 1st, 2010 9:36 pm ET

I'd like to know if Bob Barker is happy with the way SS has spent his $5 million

Darryl Hutcheson   July 1st, 2010 9:38 pm ET

if a country walked in to an elephant sanctuary and slaughtered elephants by the thousands for their ivory we would stop it whales deserve the same protection.Sea Sheperd rocks,Bob Barker your the man!

jim wilson   July 1st, 2010 9:40 pm ET

The Japanese have proven before that they are the cruelest people on the planet. Just read a little on the Bataan Death March and that will pretty much sums up Japanese humanity.

Dodie   July 1st, 2010 9:41 pm ET

The killing of these whales is horrific. I signed up to volunteer on the "Steve Irwin" last year because I am against the killing.

Do people know that we almost exterminated the entire species in the 1800s and early 1900s because we were using the oil in the melon of their brain to light our lamps? The "right whale" was named that as they were the easiest to kill!!!

I applaud captain Paul Watson for his continued efforts to save this majestic species!

Thank You

phil bowden   July 1st, 2010 9:41 pm ET

I went to the trial of pete bethune here in tokyo and even though there where over 100 police present I was attacked by the pro government anti whaling activists because I was carrying a new zealand flag (hadnt said a word) . then frog marched by police 300 metres and told to GO! Japan wants any reference to whaling suppressed form the japanese people and the world. Mr Bethune skipper of Earthrace going around world on bio diesel and a hero to 1000's of conservationists globally is the wrong captain being tried.

Larry reference Pete Bethune people of Japan need to know the truth

Susan   July 1st, 2010 9:41 pm ET

Don't we have international laws that prevent this from happening.
Why isn't there any political ramifications from our country and others.
Were is PETA and the other environmentalists outrage ?
I think the Sean Shepard should be used by all that signed a international treaty and do what is necessary to stop the killing
Thank you, Bob Barker, The Irwin's, and Paul.

Wayne Hunt   July 1st, 2010 9:43 pm ET

What is the Asian culture killing the whales for anyway? Why is the world not policing this along with the sea sheppard? I think the Japanese as well with the finning they do with sharks is terrible we have to stop this crazy killing.

By the way I'm a prairie boy been to the ocean once in my life, I've always loved whales and all animals. What can I do to help get the message out to stop this barbarick killing,

By the way gonna miss you Larry, all the best to ya!

devilla   July 1st, 2010 9:43 pm ET

stop whaling now!!!

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 1st, 2010 9:43 pm ET

I love seeing Bob Barker on Larry's show but I wished he would have bought some models with him .

Dodie   July 1st, 2010 9:45 pm ET

@ jim Wilson

You should take a look at how we treat the animals we consume in the US before you make that judgmental statement about the Japanese!!!! You would be a confirmed vegetarian!!!! Its enough to make anyone sick!

Darryl Hutcheson   July 1st, 2010 9:46 pm ET

to think this technological nation (japan) cant research an animal without killing exactly 1000 animals is rediculous Go Get em SeaShepherd!!!!!!

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 1st, 2010 9:47 pm ET

Hi Dodie I bet you would make a great sailor .

Tim of San Jose, Calif.   July 1st, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Larry, thank you for inviting the Sea Shepherds. I have been following the Sea Shepherds campaign against whale/dolphins murdering. I can't believe that people would eat whale meats. With that high concentration of heavy metals, those who consumed these meats would suffer from disease. As I always think, if you eat the whales, they will find ways to eat you back, but more painful ways like diseases.
CNN always rock about international news. You have gained 1 more viewer.

Ward Christman   July 1st, 2010 9:50 pm ET

I wish I was rich enough to hinder other on earning a living....bottom line rich people have the latitude to save something.....thanks for that...let's see how much oil or other natural resources they burn saving one specific resource...

Michael Armstrong Sr.   July 1st, 2010 9:53 pm ET

I remember when I was at sea and when we set off the sonars the Whales would thump the sides of the ship maybe they can use sonars to overt the Whales from the zero's .

Andy   July 1st, 2010 9:59 pm ET

For Watson and his crew,it's nothing more than big bussiness

Dodie   July 1st, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Not only BP is calling the shots... Its also the Department of the Interior. That is the problem... The Department of the Interior does not want us to know they allowed Oil companies NON-compliance with the federal regulations... hence the "loop-holes" Both entities want to keep this as quiet as possible.

I really want to thank CNN for its continued deliverance regarding the Gulf Oil catastrophe!!! The worst ever...... And death to an entire biosphere!!!

Randall in Jacksonville, Fl   July 1st, 2010 10:01 pm ET

Thank you for hosting the SEA SHEPPARDS. As a father and grand father I fear that so much of the natural world is already gone and rapidly being destroyed for profit. Only the courage and efforts of people like these is there any hope at all.

Michelle   July 1st, 2010 10:13 pm ET

The "cast" of Whale Wars? Are you kidding me? Sea Shepherd has been working in defense of ocean critters for 30 years, way before the reality tv show. It's not like they are just doing this for the sake of the tv show.

And no, they are not going too far, Japan is violating international law and Sea Shepherd is the only entity trying to stop them from killing whales.

joe   July 1st, 2010 10:20 pm ET

glad he had them on his show again. only sad i missed it.

and they cant drop stuff from the helicopter because its illegal, and tey actually enforce that law, unlike with whaling, japanese violence, ect. pretty much if sea shepherd breaks a law, or japans interpritation of a law, everyones afterthem(ex. peter bethune)

Linda L. Moffit   July 1st, 2010 10:22 pm ET

THANK YOU, Larry, for drawing the attention of the public to the Whale Wars series and the terrible behaviors of the Japanese whalers. I heard of the sinking of one of the Sea Shepherd ships many months ago and have been extremely angry ever since. I am a fan of Whale Wars and watch every week it airs. Because of a lag in air time, however, I did not know which ship was rammed. The last few weeks, I have been afraid it was the Ady Gil and your show tonight confirmed my fears. The Japanese are willing to kill Sea Shepherds to accomplish their aims. I wish it had been mentioned tonight that, last year, Captain Paul Watson was shot with a bullet from one of the Japanese ships, a harpoon ship I believe. His life was saved by a bulletproof jacket and a badge placed over his heart. The bullet was found in the badge, which prevented the bullet from piercing his heart.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, give my contact information to Bob Barker. Firstly, I wish to express my gratitude for his financial support of the Sea Shepherds. Secondly, I would like his help to organize a boycott, to start in the U.S. and then to be taken globally, to educate the public and to hurt the whalers, especially the Japanese, financially to boycott everything Japanese to apply still more pressure on them. Hopefully, we can then turn our attention to boycotting Iceland and Norway – and anyone else who destroys our wildlife.

I pray for Divine protection of the Sea Shepherds and the whales. Remember, these animals do not belong to the Japanese, but to all of the citizens of the earth.

Linda L. Moffit

mark   July 1st, 2010 10:39 pm ET

I love whale wars! Just to be clear whales are NOT fish they are mammals. They do have brains. I watched a video of a pack of killer whales go after a seal on an iceberg and they do have brains. Not to mention the japanese killing dolphins by the hundreds which are also mammals. Watch the dvd "the Cove" Dolphins could be the third smartest mammal beside chimps and pigs. Larry said how are they different from fishermen. Big difference is whales are not fish.

Pat   July 1st, 2010 10:56 pm ET

Please air tonight's segment again!

We love Whale Wars and Sea Shepherd!

joshua west   July 1st, 2010 11:02 pm ET

they are doing a good job and they need to keep it up

Ward Christman   July 1st, 2010 11:11 pm ET

Whale wars people are opportunist. Thanks fir hollywood

Stacey   July 1st, 2010 11:34 pm ET

I think that it would be a twist to see how the Japanese feel about this. I think that when it comes to our livelihood its understood. We all would benefit from seeing the flip side of how they feel they are being attacked by this radical group.

Kimberly   July 1st, 2010 11:35 pm ET

I missed some of the live show and am waiting for it to re-air, so these questions may have been answered allready:

Paul Watson did not chose to leave Greenpeace. His views and actions were considered too radical by the organization. He believes that actions speak louder than letter-writing campains.

Pete Bethune is being held in a maximum security prison in Japan. He was sentenced to 2 years, I believe. This is an atrocity! Captain Bethune (already a hero before his assiociation with Sea Shepherd Consevation Society – see Earthrace) has the courage and tenacity to stand up for the sake of whales and for all of us who will suffer the repercussions of what the whaling industry is doing to our ecosystem. He certainly deserves for those of us sitting at home to stand up for him!
This is how you can help: go to or to sea (Project Waltzing Matilda) to find contact information, Then call, write, e-mail, organize a peaceful protest, start a petition, or better yet – do all of these things and let the Japanese government (and Captain Bethune) know that you support him. You can also alert your local media, contact you local, state and federal goverment officials, and donate to his legal fund.
Whichever of these things you chose to do – DEMAND PETE BETHUNE'S IMMEDIATE RELEASE!

adam s   July 1st, 2010 11:41 pm ET


Paul was kicked out due to others seeing his ways as radical. The original few supported him, but others were added to the command, they in simple terms, they took over the organization.

For the person who asked about dropping stuff from the Helicopter.

It is illegal to drop anything from a helicopter. Charges would be taken against SS.

Laurel Simms   July 1st, 2010 11:44 pm ET

I support Sea Shepherd all the way!! Keep up the good work!!

echo   July 2nd, 2010 12:11 am ET

keep up the great work ! It's to bad man still tries to hunt everything to extinction. I'm glad there is people out there willing to do what it takes to stop suck insane practices ! lots of love to you guys!

Leslie   July 2nd, 2010 12:15 am ET

What the heck? Why would you give away a major incident that hasn't yet aired this season?

Thanks a lot.

Hayate   July 2nd, 2010 12:18 am ET

If anyone else did things like what they are doing to other ships, we would call them what they are: terrorists. Their tactics don't become legitimate just because you happen to agree with their purpose.

If they insist on interfering with other ships in the way they do, they fully deserve whatever they get. Considering their tactics, I'm surprised that more ships haven't been sunk.

jack   July 2nd, 2010 12:19 am ET

Off topic: Larry, I am hard pressed tp think of anyone that could follow you who could maintain the high quality and entertainment value of your show. Then I finally thought of an excellent person, Bill Maher.

jack   July 2nd, 2010 12:22 am ET

@Dodie...Hope you are having fine night. "Majestic species", indeed. It would be a tragedy beyond words to express if these beautiful ,intelligent mammals were ever to become extinct.

William Martin   July 2nd, 2010 12:26 am ET

You guys of the Sea Shepherd Crew are simply the best Anti whaling crew ever. I support you all and keeping you all in my prayers. I love you! Keep on fighting!!!

Masami Kawamoto   July 2nd, 2010 12:29 am ET

Japan has known its whale eating tradition, and that causes international dispute in the UN conferences or relating working group session. Right afer the WWII, the source of protein heavily relied on whale's meat. And, in some coastal area, where they have more chance to see whales around them, they have had tradition to offer variety of dish using meat of that species. So, that custom of eating whales are like they eat deers in Norwegian countryside, they eat seals in Alaska indigeneous tribal area, don't you think so?
I wonder, in that context, I have doubt in the legitimacy of attacking whale processing ships by them. Indeed, the number of the whales are declining rapidly, so that, Japan has, at this moment, made limit of the amount of whale processed for food to a certain controlled point. (I hope my statement is right.) Some of those environmental activists group made a documentary film of Japanese killing dolphins.
I have no furthur knowledge according to dolphin hunting.
I think the problem of bluefin tunafish rather serious one for environmental protectioists. Japan have been trying to pasture tuna fish in the sea water. Am I defending the side of Japanese fisherman industry too much?

michael david ingram   July 2nd, 2010 12:31 am ET

i love the sea shepered i plan 2 join you very soon

jack   July 2nd, 2010 12:35 am ET

Anyone who thinks animals are not intelligent is very misinformed. In fact, many animals have intelligence that equals or possibly exceeds human intelligence. Intelligence has many aspects. We lag far behind many species in certain sensory abilities.

Hayate   July 2nd, 2010 12:39 am ET

Another note. According to tnerenational law, what the Japanese are doing *is* legal. Yes, it is because of a loophole in the law that permit it, but there are loopholes in other laws as well, and you don't see groups of vigilantes going after them. Like it or not, unless the loophole is closed, the whaling activities are legal. The SS are not "enforcing international law", they are a rogue organization conducting terrorist activities.

Also, they said that they cost the Japanese fleet tens of millions of dollars in losses... Imagine the Deadliest Catch people, or any rancher, or any fisher, who had to put up with a group that cost them that much. I can promise that far more than a single ship (and no deaths) would have been sunk by now.

jack   July 2nd, 2010 12:42 am ET

Bless you Bob Barker. We thank you for your many years of helping to protect animals , who cannot speak for themselves.

maggie   July 2nd, 2010 12:44 am ET

Thank you Sea Shepherd Captain and crew you are doing a fantastic job in trying to save the whales.I wish some polititions and celebrities would get on board !!

jack   July 2nd, 2010 12:47 am ET

@Masami Kawamoto...If an animal is threatened as a species, a complete moratorium on hunting them needs to be enacted. Reason and compassion has to to be exercised, not just tradition and appetite.

Doug   July 2nd, 2010 12:52 am ET

Thanks for airing this so important show! Kudos to Bob Barker for his generous donation!!

Please comment on the horrific "sport" whaling that goes on in Denmark. A so called ritual of the slaughter of hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins.

Just to mark a right of passage!

Thank you for this opportunity to comment.

Juny   July 2nd, 2010 12:55 am ET

May God Bless them so they can continue to do what they are doing. The whales, dolphins... are such intelligent and magnificent creatures! I second what Maggie wrote "I wish some politicians and celebrities would get on board!!"

Dodie   July 2nd, 2010 12:57 am ET

@ jack July 2nd, 2010 12:22 am ET

Thanks your kindness! Always fine! I am so thankful Larry King had Paul Watson the anti-whaling activists on tonight!!!

Dodie   July 2nd, 2010 1:07 am ET

Larry King...

Thank you for having Paul Watson on your program educating the public on the deaths of a beautiful species

Don Johnson   July 2nd, 2010 1:19 am ET

The Sea Shepards brag that they have sunk 10 fishing boats over the years. On this show you can see Watson leaning on the railing of the Steve Irwin above the word SUNK with 10 national flags just below it. Watson has rammed the Canadian Coast Guard off Nova Scotia and has rammed whaling vessels in Antarctica.

Bethune, who will sentenced July 7th, has fired GLASS bottles of toxic butyric acid from a pneumatic gun with enough force to cut thru the heavy netting protecting the whalers. During his first record setting attempt to circumnavigate the globe, Bethune was involved in collision that killed a fisherman.

Greenpeace voted 11-1 to kick Watson out of the organization because he advocated violence.

The Sea Shepards do NOT have any legally recognized authority to attack, board or disable any nations fishing vessels. They are eco-terrorist and nothing more.

Mitkib   July 2nd, 2010 1:38 am ET

As Paul said last season, the only results obtained from the whale-slaughter-research is that whales sometimes eat fish. I wish every country, ever state, would donate a ship to the Shepherd’s fleet.

Julia   July 2nd, 2010 2:05 am ET

@ Don
The ships on the vessel were not what THEY sunk, they're the SS ships that have been sunk. Japan is whaling (that it is for 'research' is an outright lie) in a WHALE SANCTUARY. What don't you get?

linda   July 2nd, 2010 2:48 am ET

Where Japan is whaling, it is illegal in those waters. Some of the species of whales they kill & use for meat, are on the endangered list. Some of the meat ended up in California, in a restaurant. Someone has to police these whalers, THEY WILL NEVER police themselves. BP didn't regulate themselves either, but they said they would. (it's only human nature). The "Sea Shepherds" are like a "neighborhood watch" group.

Rock With You Horsegirl   July 2nd, 2010 2:59 am ET

The Japanese are going too far with killing whales!! Good for the Sea Shepherds!

Gordon Wanner   July 2nd, 2010 3:00 am ET

I have been a long time supporter of the Sea Shepherds. I only wish I had more to give. Thank you for all you do!

Everett Richard   July 2nd, 2010 3:09 am ET

That was the most pathetic excuse for an interview I've ever seen. I'm glad Larry is retiring, his performance was disgusting. Watson and his crew told so many lies it's hard to know where to start. Larry might have asked just what law the Japanese or other whaling nations are breaking. The answer is none. But that is not what Watson would have said. Iceland and Norway have legal commercial whaling operations and Japans research program is legal and authorized under IWC regulations. There is no international ban on whaling. There is a voluntary moratorium that only applies to member nations of the IWC that did not object to it within a certain time limit. Norway objected and is not bound by the moratorium, Iceland withdrew from the IWC and is not bound. Japan follows all the rules and regulations required to whale under IWC research permits. Sea shepherd is headed by a convicted criminal that duped two celebrities out of 6.5 million dollars last year in order to carry out illegal attacks on a lawful operation. He then sent his ship half way around the world to the Cannes film festival and then attacked a legal tuna operation because he was jealous of Greenpeace getting the headlines for interfering with Legal tuna fishing. He claimed he was going to catch poachers but instead he destroyed equipment and robbed Maltese fishermen of a million dollars worth of legally caught tuna and in the process sent two fishermen to the hospital with injuries. Watson is a dangerous eco-terrorist. Every other word from his lips is a lie. Larry king should be ashamed but since I know that's impossible CNN should be ashamed to allow such a one sided, inaccurate, biased interview to take place on a "news network". Check the facts CNN. This was worse than anything I've ever seen on FOX. The best description of this interview is a LITANY of LIES. I'm done watching CNN for good. No wonder your ratings have gone down the toilet.

kathy   July 2nd, 2010 3:22 am ET

Larry, I am really impressed by the people that are on your show now.I have never seen whales in person ,only on tv.The girl on ,I don't remember her name, said she lives in hostels in L.A..I myself live in H.B. Ca. and I would like to invite her or others of that same group to stay with me for some time if ever they need a place to stay.I know this sounds wierd, but I am serious.I am very impressed with what I have heard and seen.I am retired and have a spare room if needed.I only want to help in my own way.Thanks Kathy D.

Scott Provost   July 2nd, 2010 3:29 am ET

There are many tactics that can stop whaling fleets. The newer whaling ships are amazingly easy to sink and their propulsion systems have severe vulnerabilities. The point many people miss is that the conservationists do what they do because the care for the higher life on the planet and the planet's ability to sustain such life. This care for life extends to the whaling crews as well as innocent workers trying to make a living.
There will be eco wars and terrorism on the high seas but it will not come from the Sea Shepherd or the conservationists of the world. In fact, the Sea Shepherd and their friends are our best hope to avoid social unrest, chaos and war that will most certainly break out if we continue to destroy the oceans and sacrifice our shores at the alter of big oil and money.
We are given the choice between sacrifice and dishonor, If we chose dishonor, war will be eminent. It is not too late to choose honor but we all must act now!

David Ferreira   July 2nd, 2010 3:57 am ET

Give Em Hell Paul!

Whale Eater   July 2nd, 2010 3:59 am ET

You know, the Japanese consider the Sea Shepherds to be nuisances, nothing more. The main reason the Sea Shepherds are going after the Japanese isn't because of the whaling, it's because every other whaling country has made it clear that they won't tolerate the Sea Shepherd's crap. Don't believe me? Then explain to me why the Sea Shepherds haven't been back to take on Norwegian whalers since 1994. I'll tell you why, because the Norwegians sent a destroyer to run him out of their waters. Paul Watson is a coward, a racist, and is only harassing the Japanese because they're the only country who will allow him to do so. The second the Japanese want him dead, he'll be dead.

David Ferreira   July 2nd, 2010 4:00 am ET

Don Johnson I'm sorry you have something against Paul Watson and what hes doing but he could care less what you think now if you were a whale and could speak up then i think he would think twice about what you have to say but your not a whale so your wasting your time. have a good day!

maggie   July 2nd, 2010 4:27 am ET

Sorry about the typos.....The Steve Irwin is also great in its endeavour to save these gentle giants and always in a non-violent way.Many times animals show that they are more intelligent than man !

Ghost Dance   July 2nd, 2010 4:28 am ET

Who killed the millions of buffaloes?
Only care for whales,not for buffaloes?
How 'bout a spices of birds,wolves and bears used to dominate on the North America?
Where they went ?

If we've kept pay'n watch for whale, curse on all of us..maybe.

jeroen mente   July 2nd, 2010 5:30 am ET

I have a question for the Sea Sheperds.

In the series you see fast zodiac's trying to throw bottle's with a liquid on to the deck of a big wahler, this job is dangerous and not always succesful!
As a viewer you often see those missions filmed from a helicopter!

Question: why don't they just drop the bottle's from the helicopter?

Sue Nelsen   July 2nd, 2010 5:39 am ET

Larry, why didn't you pick up on the fact that you have 4 guests from Sea Shephards – 3 get paid, one doesn't – the 3 that get paid are all guys and the girl volunteers. And she is one who speaks about how important it is to have all the money go to support the cause and not pay salaries. So typical.

Mary   July 2nd, 2010 6:03 am ET

Larry King, I have always admired your neutrality, but after watching this program, I was greatly disappointed by your bias on this issue. Why weren't pro-whalers given an equal amount of time to express their views?

@Don Johnson; 1:19am – thank you so much – that's exactly what I wanted to state.

phil bowden   July 2nd, 2010 6:16 am ET

Excellent show Well done everybody

How could you possibly have detractors? to those opposed can I humbly suggest you take a ride or trip to the sea and look out and marvel at it and imagine you can see a dolphin or two surfing the waves. Then try imagine the feeling you might have? Fact it will make you feel good! guaranteed. Then imagine you see a huge whale swiming with her calf or two males breeching out above the ocean and crashing down as they have fun seeing who can make the biggest splash.

Hard to imagine? No, not now its not. But it soon will be if we do nothing.

Gerard Swinkels   July 2nd, 2010 6:23 am ET

OK let's get serious now , dear Larry King, Jaques Cousteau you know who I mean, said the Humpback whale's song to him, is as beautifull as
Barbara Streisand singing as she does, so that gave me the idea to have Lady GAGA and Barbara Streisand SING a song for all the whales, called BRING MY HUMPBACK BACK, i have written this(just text ideas) but i'm not importand in this or looking for any financial gain from it, but i am sure that Barbara and GAGA can sing a couple of million dolllars together for this cause (Maybe also for free)
And I have seen your heart make a JUMP on this subject, so i am sure you could set this up to be done rather quikly, with all my heart, please do try,,,,

for the editors of this at CNN: hey how are you doing? I'm not looking to get posted but please can you get it to Larry? Thanks that i could write this
to you at CNN, you may not like Barbara Sreisand or Lady GAGA or anything for a good cause but hey, the WORLD would be for ever gratefull
if you make it possible to get to Larry,s hands

Boni   July 2nd, 2010 7:25 am ET

I find that anyone who objects to this sort of protection from the slaughter of innocent seal pups and beautiful whales, as well as wolves and so on..should go see for them selves the slaughter, and hears the cries from the infant seals as they are clubbed and skinned while stil alive..they scream like little babies!! I truely wish it possible that anyone who decides that this is all nonsense...just go once to any campaign,,and make a decision about what is right or wrong. I support Paul and all his crew the best...I have just joined as a onshore volunteer, and proud of it! Paul..if you read this, send my best to Pete...I worry so about him. God Bless the crews of the Sea Sheperd and all they do!!!!!

Nancy   July 2nd, 2010 7:44 am ET

Great show and very informative. I have known about the Sea Shepherd and Paul Watson for years and have admired his dedication in helping animals. Kudos too, to Bob Barker a true champion of animal welfare and one of my heroes!!!

Without the help of this fantastic organization, the whales and other marine life would have less of a chance against those who have little, if any, empathy for them.

Thank you, Larry King and CNN for allowing the public to learn more about this group of brave and dedicated indivuals known as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Ted   July 2nd, 2010 8:56 am ET

In my opinion the Sea Shepperds should concentrate on their own race, the human beings.
We can applaud them for defending the whales, however what about all those american children who desperatly need help?
Perhaps it is not as sexy and exciting, but more rewarding than chasing japanese and icelandig ships.
Save the children first before the whales.

dolphinblue   July 2nd, 2010 9:39 am ET

Sea Shepherd has been organising an operation for the Gulf oil catastrophy. You can view the details on there website. Sea Shepherd has projects all over the world. Paul has been an activist since 1975.

Nathan Mutch   July 2nd, 2010 9:48 am ET

AWESOME SHOW LARRY!!! Sea Shepherd, Paul Watson, Bob Barker & Pete Bethune are all heroes in my eyes!!! The Japanese whalers are filling this world full of corruption and greed! The whalers' activities are also illegal because their whaling program is not for research. I used to know someone that worked on the whaling vessels and he told me that the "research" was all bullcrap, and they just painted "research" on the sides of the boats and hold up signs "in English" to try and convince Westerners that what they were doing was right and just. He said it was all about one thing and one thing only, MONEY.

Don Johnson   July 2nd, 2010 10:02 am ET

Lary King asked questions but he didn't "question" anything that the eco-terrorist (according to the FBI) Sea Shepards had to say. Why?

The SS abandoned their vessel, the Farley Mowat, in a Canadian harbor after the Canadian Coast Guard seized the vessel for its acts of violence. The old ship was later sold for $50,000 to cover harbor costs. The SS Ady Gil was a one-of-a-kind, custom creation that cost $2 milion to build. Old, worn out, ice breakers/whalers can be purchased under a million dollars. Bob Barker paid $5 million for another old ship that was then named for him. Watson pocketed over $4 million in the deal.

Interpol has recently issued a "blue" alert to keep track world-wide of the eco-terrorist Watson and Bethune is going to prison for following Watson's orders. Several countries have issued arrest warrants for Watson over the years.

Greenpeace is running ads that ask people NOT to donate to the violence prone Sea Shepards.

Tina   July 2nd, 2010 10:08 am ET

Larry I was totally disapointed in your interview. You have always seemed to be impressed and cooporative with youre guest but you where totally unaware of the subject. You had no knowledge of Anim al rights you gave sacastic remarks, you repeated the question about whales three times they gave the answers and you did not register this. It was the worst interview youve ever given and Im shocked because youre wonderful. And this is a huge issue that you had no compassion for. So over 50.000 interviews youve never dealt with animal rights.. Sad. Wake up Larry please.

Bruce Hall   July 2nd, 2010 10:34 am ET

The Sea Sheperds actions are certainly not going "too far". It seems to me that they are very thoughful and restrained in their actions to save something that is important to all of us. My hat is off to the Sea Sheperds and all that support their activities. I salute Bob Barker as well for supporting their efforts and animal welfare in general. Thanks Larry King for addressing this important issue.
As for the govt. doing their job....don't even make me go there. Govt inaction is something we all need to address. Incompetence and non-action seems rampant from top to bottom, local to international. That is something we all can, and need to, address.
I hope Sea Shepard comes to the Gulf of Mexico. Lord knows the help is needed. I'm calling my legislators today!
Let's all pitch in and help.

Gloria L   July 2nd, 2010 10:41 am ET

I think the Sea Shepard crew are true hero's!! Major Love to Bob Barker & Pete Bethune also. Pete is definitely a hero. Paul Watson's life is a true inspiration. May God always be with him, Paul,Bob & the crew. I agree with Bob Barker that there is nothing wrong with the tactics taken by them to save the whales. SAVE THE WHALES!!!!

Don Johnson   July 2nd, 2010 10:55 am ET

Julia July 2nd, 2010 2:05 am ET

@ Don
The ships on the vessel were not what THEY sunk, they're the SS ships that have been sunk. Japan is whaling (that it is for 'research' is an outright lie) in a WHALE SANCTUARY. What don't you get?

Julia, the International Whaling Commission CREATED the whale sanctuary and the same IWC granted the whalers permission to take 1/10th of 1 percent of the 800,000 minke whales for research purposes.

The Sea Shepard vessels have NO legal authority to harrass, attack, disable or injure whalers. They have NO legal authority anywhere. Only Watson "claims" he has proper authority to do anything. The only country that will still register (flag) a SS vessel is the Dutch and their Parliment is currently trying to pass a bill that will force their maritime agency to remove that. No nation in the world will allow an "unregistered" vessel to enter of leave their harbors.

As far as "who sunk who" goes, Watson continually brags about sinking fishing vessels. Why can't you be as proud of his actions as he obviously is?

alison jane   July 2nd, 2010 12:00 pm ET

Thank you so much for having Paul Watson and his mates on last night. These people are saints and need to be saluted for the work they are doing. Bob Barker you are a true hero!
What the Japanese are doing to these lovely creatures makes me sick.

Whales deserve respect not death!

Danie   July 2nd, 2010 12:19 pm ET

The majority of people love to state their likes, dislikes, beliefs, opinions etc. However only a small amount of people actually take action for what they truely believe in. Call Watson and his crew what you want. The bottom line is they are trying to protect something that everyone esle has turned their back on. The same people who do not agree with Watson`s actions would be the same group of people crying something should have been done when the human race finally destory`s all wildlife.

Cortney   July 2nd, 2010 12:52 pm ET

Just like soldiers going to war, sometimes it takes drastic measures and sacrifice to protect what is being threatened. So, no – I don't think the courageous crew of the Sea Shepherds are going too far. If I didn't have a wonderful three-year-old to raise, I'd be signing up to join them. GO SEA SHEPHERDS!

Dodie   July 2nd, 2010 12:56 pm ET

Without a diverse biosphere, there will be no hope for our species. We “are” caught in the web of life on Earth. We are “only” a link within the long chain. When we continue to destroy all that is around us, how do you expect our species to survive? Life on this planet exists because of the balance. Without that, there is nothing!!! This fight about whales goes deeper than protecting a majestic species on the brink of extinction …. It goes to the core of our being and our own survival. The natural occurrence of nature gives way to species propagating and disappearing; however, we are creating an out of balance condition on this planet and with every species we exterminate, we are placing one more nail in our coffin…..

Cortney   July 2nd, 2010 12:58 pm ET

Ted – there ARE people around the world saving children & helping them. How wonderful it is that there are many people willing to help and serve different causes!

marian   July 2nd, 2010 1:05 pm ET

I was astonished how visually unpleasant to see this whole show.
In fact, I wanted to switch the channel many times that hardly happened
to have been seen Larry King show past many years.
The show was too violent both visually and verbally.
What is happening to CNN now? This show was so focused on attacking
Japanese race than saving the whales. The whole topic and show were not studied enough and very one sided. I learned more about Paul Watson and Paul Bethune from your reviewers and online after the show.
SS people were calling Japanese, as if the entire nation of Japanese people eat whales and can find the whales meat at any super markets.
That is wrong! I wonder where that kind of idea is coming from?
You should go to Japan and see what is happening out there.
People do not eat whales meat (only some areas, I suppose) and
impossible to see it at the regular market.
Viewers need to know the truth of it on both sides.
We would like to know why Norway, Iceland and Japan are still doing
the whale hunting from other specialists rather than only one

Verónica   July 2nd, 2010 2:47 pm ET

Sea Shpeherd is....FANTASTIC!!!!!! I love!!!

Mark   July 2nd, 2010 3:01 pm ET

Watson and his drones belong in prison. Japan is whaling legally. Watson is a liar and eco-terrorist. The thought that Watson and his ilk have anything to contribute in the Gulf is absolutely ludicrous.

Don Johnson   July 2nd, 2010 3:54 pm ET

Danie July 2nd, 2010 12:19 pm ET
The SAME PEOPLE who do not agree with Watson`s actions would be the same group of people crying something should have been done when the human race finally destory`s all wildlife.

Maybe you're unaware that Greenpeace is made up of people who don't agree with Watson's violent actions. That's why they kicked him out of their group and have run ads against donating to his group.

The eco-terrorist Sea Shepards are also running out of nations that will allow Watson's vessels to sail under their national protection (flag). 12 nations have remove or refused to register his pirate flagged ships.

Sampsa Sohlman   July 2nd, 2010 4:12 pm ET

I would like to see whole interview. Where I could see that?

Daniel   July 2nd, 2010 5:14 pm ET

I think they are not going to far. They are protect the widlife but i thank they will put the life on the line for the wildlife if need be. I like the show it is fun to witches i wish there is more people out there to help him out .

Danie   July 2nd, 2010 7:06 pm ET

In regards to to Don Johnson`s return comment...........If green peace was really making a difference we would not need Watson`s crew to put their lives on the line!!!
Keep up the great job Sea Shepards!!!!!!!!

Alex   July 2nd, 2010 7:06 pm ET

About who sunk who, the flags on the Irwin actually refers to whaling vessels sunk. The two Iceland vessels were actually sunk by Rod Coronado, well known earth liberation Hero, and only after, SS claim that action, And yes I just said Hero! I couldn't care less about you legalitarian moron, when laws are made by currupted people like the IWC member, voting pro japan after a night spent with a japanese postitute and with the pocket well filled with bucks from the japanese. Once Slavery was legal, and only the braves stood against. That's the exact same thing here, and sea shepherd, Watson and Bethune are HEROES of our time. There was a law also for the extermination of the jews, and I'm quite sure these people writing against SS here, if they were living at that time, were first in line to handle their jew neighborhood to the nazis police. in the end I wish to express my sorrow for those who' s waiting for the dutch govermnent to retire their permission on SS vessels, since there's no such a bill coming and they stated very clearly they stands for Animal Right so you can wait a loooooong time.

Sandra Levin   July 2nd, 2010 7:53 pm ET

@ Ted – Save the children? Aren't there enough PEOPLE in the world? Last time I looked, the number was approaching 7 BILLION. We are certainly not an endangered species. Nobody is hunting and killing us.

The human race is responsible for ALL of the worlds' ills – wars, pollution, murder, drug abuse etc. etc. – protect the wildlife, forget the people, there will never be a shortage.

Fred Johnson   July 2nd, 2010 8:12 pm ET

Some comments refer to Sea Shepherds as eco-terrorists. This sounds like ecological terrorists (clearcutters, strip miners, water thieves) or economic terrorists (Tea Party, tax evaders, derivative traders). Sea Shepherd members are enviro-activists, working to protect endangered species for the benefit of all mankind. Allowing Japanese whaling is the same as restarting bison hunts in Yellowstone Park or allowing the last old growth redwoods to be cut down, all for the sake of a wealthy "hunter" or land developer. I don't want the adults of today to ruin the Earth- whatever their race, nationality, religion, or economic status- because I have kids who deserve the irreplaceable beauty of a fully functioning ecosystem. Call me greedy, but they deserve all the bells and whistles that only wild environments can provide.

Sandra Levin   July 2nd, 2010 8:20 pm ET

Dodie – WELL SAID!

Cody   July 2nd, 2010 10:55 pm ET

Thanks you to the Sea Shepherds and to Bob Barker!!! You're all doing an awesome job!! I hope more people come out and donate to the cause:)

Raven   July 2nd, 2010 11:51 pm ET

It truly is amazing (and sad) to see how many people here are supporting these terrorists. The SS should be put out of business like the terrorists they are.

Steve   July 3rd, 2010 1:53 am ET

The Sea Shepherds are only doing what goverments should be doing but don't. How much research does the Japanese have to do that requires the killing of over 1200 whales a year? Gimme a break its for the consumption of whale meat only!! We as human beings can't help ourselfs we have to destroy everthing that gets in our way. I hope That Paul Watson and the Sea Shepards succeed in shutting down the Japanese whaling ships

Kuniko   July 3rd, 2010 3:38 am ET

I was very pleased to see this. After this, i found that Larry King Live invited SS a few times in the past(see YouTube).
The problem of Whaling in Japan is the bureaucracy. Whaling is one of the many establishments where high ranked bureaucratic people keep for their position after retirements and the governments spends so much money. The average people are blinded from the facts of whaling. Therefore, the problem goes to the TV and News Papers that are very much controlled by the bureaucrats.

Anyway, I myself admire SS for a long time. This is one reason why I coundn't live anymore in Japan.

CharlotteDK   July 3rd, 2010 4:54 am ET

I completely support Sea Shepherd...I think it is a necessary thing to do..unfortunately. Honestly, I don't understand why governments around the world don't do more to prevent the horrible act of whaling!

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   July 3rd, 2010 7:28 am ET

Yes, man is the most cruelist species on earth.

Maybe we should all go vegetarian.

Yes, it has been a tradition in some countries to eat whalemeat. What will happen if all the whales are hunted to extinction. Such magnificent creatures.

I remember seeing that documentary about the dolphins being herded into that bay and being slaughtered. It was the most horrible sight to see. I could not watch it any further and never want to see something like that ever again.

Just like other species around the world that are being driven to extinction like the rhinos for their horns and the elephants for their tusks, etc., etc.........and soforth. These people are driven by money to satisfy the lusts and vanity of man. Shame on them.

This organisation sounds like vigilantes and I do not like to condone violent measures that they are prepared to take. Hopefully more peaceful means can be put in place, so these people will not have to resort to this. Something on a global/international scale or is it already in place, but ineffective.

Each country has to take responsibility.

Ted   July 3rd, 2010 8:36 am ET

@ Sandra Levin

You are absolutely right, we have too many human beings on this globe. Their number went from 2.5 billion in 1950 to almost 7 billion today and growing fast.

What do you suggest, should we starve all children for a decade or so to cut down the population? Have you ever looked into the eyes of a hungry and neglected child?
My idea is to take care of those who are in this world already not because of their own decisions, but ours, the parents. We are wasting billions every year on pets and other symbolic actions to save certain animals, but nobody cares about our own, the children.

The solution is to have laws in every country that forbids to have more than two children per mother!! That would stop the growth and slowly we will have less humans over the years.
Simple, but I wish you good luck getting such laws passed, the pope, the Bible thumpers and other self-righteous groups will eat you alive.

gerald Jolly   July 3rd, 2010 12:53 pm ET

If the Somalian pirate can have R.P.G.'s

Why cant the save the whale folks have them.

Particularly when they are monitoring the JAPANESE WHALING FLEET.

Cookla   July 4th, 2010 9:21 am ET

Why is it Donald Trump has so much money in this world yet can't get himself a decent hair style all combed forward and look's ridiculas Mr Trump if your going bald why be ashamed of it that's life get on with it people don't see you has a different person just the outside has changed isn't it about time you be honest with yourself and be happy with the way you really are sorry but l had to say it l am sure other people feel the same.

Don Johnson   July 4th, 2010 11:22 am ET

gerald Jolly July 3rd, 2010 12:53 pm ET
If the Somalian pirate can have R.P.G.'s
Why cant the save the whale folks have them.

Have you seen the show? The SS have a difficult time launching their small boats. They run out of water and fuel. They can't operate radios. Their main engines quit from poor maintenance. They wouldn't make it past the harbor entrance if you gave them explosives.

IKHAN   July 24th, 2010 12:59 pm ET

Hi Larry,
Hi folks.

The Gulf Oil Spill & now the Sea Shepherd saga of what man is capable of doing to Man & other species on this planet.
Pity is that most of mankind is unaware of their own follies unless something like this is exposed. Or perhaps economics & greed drive us & we do it wittingly.

But as @ Dodie often says.Nothing is going to change or has changed. Wars, destruction of our own habitat, oppression, genocide. These are the manifestations of Man's essential nature. Some want to do something about it some like us bloggers wriggle in despair & outrage. So what?

Another bit of news fellow bloggers, which made me as an American, feel guilty to say the least.
Patrick Cockburn writing in The Independent reports that a recent study of the effects of our assault on Falujah in Iraq in 2004 has shown the effects on population worse than the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki.
The weaponry used is resulting in birth defects, infant mortality, blood & other cancers etc among survivors.
Another feather in the Bush-Cheney cap.

Kathie   July 24th, 2010 4:54 pm ET

the murder of endangered whales is outrageous and then the Japanese further lie stating this slaughter is for scientific research when just the opposite has been proven. Of course, the Japanese refuse to listen and instead prosecute those standing up for the whales. Their ship deliberately t-boned a vessel (ady gil) far smaller than their ship placing lifves at risk. The Sea Shepherds do not use lethal weapon–the Japanese do (their ship, guns, lrad, etc). whaling needs to be outlawed yesterday. The Japanese need to be held accountable for this illegal activity but of course they won't because the almight dollar rules. Nothing will be done until the Japanese cause the extinction of yet another species. Praise to the Sea Shepherds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Smith in Oregon   July 24th, 2010 7:03 pm ET

Thousands of dead penguins have begun washing up on South American shorelines. Autopsy's performed on several showed they starved to death.

It appears the huge Republican corporate linked commercial fishery's abandoned the Gulf of Mexico due to the environmental disaster following the Louisiana BP Blown Oil well and went down the Atlantic waters across from South America, depleting the fish those penguin's normally consume on their yearly migration.

This was no accident, the US Coast Guard closing wide portions of the Gulf of Mexico simply pushed corrupt Republican corporate commercial fishing vessels to overfish the already greatly depleted fishery's in South America's waters. Like a horrible game of domino's, the loss of one of the world's greatest fishing regions in the Gulf of Mexico has pushed those huge corporate fishing harvesters down into South America's waters where they have depleted those species and fish stocks to the point where not even penguins can survive!

don johnson   July 24th, 2010 7:07 pm ET

The Japanese prosecuted Bethune because he "broke the law" and there were videos of his crimes. It's hard to deny illegal tresspass when he was found on board a Japanese vessel.
Watson has NO legal authority to attack, ram, sink or arrest anyone. He's lying when he says that he does.
Other animal-rights groups refuse to have anything to do with the violence-prone SS.
And the SS are probably the worst sailors ever to crew a boat.

gerald Jolly   July 24th, 2010 7:37 pm ET

I frankly dont think the are going far enough.

If the animal loving people of the world were more giving they could be armed with R.P.G.'s the same as the Somali Pirates are, and if they just targetted the Japanese whaling fleet they could reduce the kill rate by more than 75%

I vote for arming them to the teeth and let the consequences be on the backs of the Japanese.


Bobby D   July 24th, 2010 9:06 pm ET

Loved the 1st season until they decided to fake the Captain being shot by the Japanese. I haven't watched it since. Saving Whales is a Just and Great cause there is no need to use lies and manipulate.

Dodie   July 24th, 2010 9:09 pm ET

In July, 2010 Paul Watson of the sea Shepherd documented the slaughter of 236 pilot whales (Cetaceans) which was ruthlessly slaughtered at the Faeroe Islands. The Sea Shepherd has also been in the Gulf of Mexico helping out with the tragedy of the oil geyser! Thank you Paul Watson. You are stellar!!! I have also volunteered to be on your team 6 months ago.

Good evening Gerald Jolly and Smith in Oregon!

Bob Stewart   July 24th, 2010 9:15 pm ET

All life in the sea is going to die according the Bible Chapter 16 verse 3. The real issue according the Bible is that GOD says he is going to send what we would call terror on earth until man decides to repent of his sins and accept Jesus Christ as GOD's SON and our Saviour. GOD wants all men to stop the violence and to love each other. If this does not happen soon, then GOD has warned us in the Book of Revelation that GOD's wrath awaist those who refuse to obey HIM.
Water pollution, extreme heat, 100 pound hailstones, painful boils, global flnancial collapse are just some of the disasters that GOD has planned for those people and countries that don't obey HIM. You can find out more in Revelation Chapters 6 to 22. It appears that some of these things are already under way.

Dodie   July 24th, 2010 9:24 pm ET

When catastrophic events or abuse occur, the burden of responsibility falls on the people of the world, regardless of their location, to make every effort in rectifying the damage created by these events. The world is more than a collection of people, It is a collection of biospheres and all life forms. It is this unity that has allowed us to continue to grow and aspire. The current tragedy of a dying biosphere in the Gulf of Mexico along with the unnecessary massive Cetacean killing around the world certainly is catastrophic where the lives of animals struggle for survival on a daily basis.

Gerald Jolly, I support your belief that we are not doing enough!

Andy Shimmura   July 24th, 2010 9:27 pm ET

Larry, please ask them why they think Japanese activity is illegal? Japan is just following the international rule! To me their activity is more dangerous and illegal!!!!!

rod   July 24th, 2010 9:37 pm ET

As don johnson in Oregon mentioned, they have no authority to attack.

We should know how dangerous people who 'believes' they are right are allowed to harm others.

Tracy   July 24th, 2010 9:38 pm ET

I think there needs to be interviews w/ the youth of Japan re: whaling and why their Japanese government feels the need to kill whales. What do they feel about that and why are they not trying to stop it.
I saw a show once that said the youth of Japan do not even like eating whale.

Tracy   July 24th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

Gee, why don't they change the law re: whale research!? Man-kind is so slow to common sense.

Suzanne S   July 24th, 2010 9:46 pm ET

I think what seashepard is doing is great .And killing whales should be ilegal.

Dodie   July 24th, 2010 9:54 pm ET

@ Tracy

One word... "sushi"

Dodie   July 24th, 2010 9:56 pm ET

It is complicated to change the law when you are talking about the world!!! it is not just one country! The world has to agree and so far we are not agreeing on anything!!! very simple~

William Gillespie   July 24th, 2010 9:57 pm ET

The reason that BP is calling the shots in the gulf is that they are the third largest supplier of fuel to the U.S. military this year and the largest last year. Our military spends over a billion dollars a year with BP.

Dodie   July 24th, 2010 10:00 pm ET


It is so refreshing to read blogs from intelligent individuals.

You stated: "assault on Falujah in Iraq in 2004 has shown the effects on population worse than the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki." Thank you for the information even though it is very tragic.

Lanna Gay   July 24th, 2010 10:03 pm ET

I just wish all activist's would stop blaming BP and try to look forward to the clean up efforts. Enough already.

There are so many future technological innovations to the clean up that haven't even been explored. Let's give those innovations a chance and stop blaming BP, we all UNDERSTAND........

Zoë Caron   July 24th, 2010 10:06 pm ET

Thank you very much for dedicating tonight's show to the increasingly important issue of illegal whaling activities, as well as shedding needed light on the impacts of the Gulf oil spill on ocean wildlife. I hope to see more coverage of conservation issues such as this on your show.

(Zoe works for WWF-Canada. These comments do not reflect a position of the organization.)

Dodie   July 24th, 2010 10:07 pm ET

@ Lanna Gay

we must remember this.. or it will happen again and again...

Dodie   July 24th, 2010 10:12 pm ET

Thank you Larry King for having the Sea Shepherd and Captain Watson back on. Captain Watson, you are my hero!!!

Larry the real name   July 24th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

What I can say is that the Japanese will lobby for whaling more aggressively after this show. Don't forget that the most countries except US and Auss, rest of the world are behind Japanese whaling. Look into their IWC campaigning last decade. Blue fin in Mediterranean sea and whaling, the Japanese always get what they want without leaving IWC. Their tactics always win. What Sea Shepherd doing is make things worse. Don't let idiots do the campaign!

gerald Jolly   July 24th, 2010 11:14 pm ET

On December 17th 1937 the Japanese military went into Nanking (NANJING) and slaughtered 300,000 unarmed and defenseless people.

In the last ten years the Japanese Whaling Fleet have slaughtered 300,000 whales AND NO ONE IS DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT, AND IN FACT THE JAPANESE CONTINUE TO DENY IT.

The slaughter of humans or whales is one and the same for a culture that has survived way past it's time

gerald Jolly   July 24th, 2010 11:19 pm ET

It's a fact folks, if you by a Japanese made product or automobile you are in fact supporting and sanctioning a nation that has no compassion for human kind or animals in the kingdom of mankind.

Just take the time to travel to Japan, and see how you an North American is treated.

I have and if I was given a free ticket for airfare and lodging I would rip it up and throw it in their face

The Japanese are masters of deception


Chris & Bob Anderlik   July 24th, 2010 11:45 pm ET

We are long time believers in and support Captain Paul Watson in his awesome cause. We are SO grateful for his dedicated young combatants, and all those who contribute to the Sea Shepherd efforts, and a HUGE cheer for Bob Barker!

Ray   July 25th, 2010 12:14 am ET

I love watching the show, unlike most of the people posting here, however, I root for the japanese. I just love going for the underdog

Billie Harlow   July 25th, 2010 12:18 am ET

Yesterday, co-founder of Greenpeace, well known for saving whales, the environment, social justice passed away. Dorothy Stowe was 89 years old, survived by her children Robert and Barbara, pre-deceased by her husband Irving Stowe in 1974. Dorothy was an amazing woman, a pioneer in the work to save the planet, and to educate all of us. Heaven welcomed their newest precious angel, may she rest in the peace she strove we all would experience in life.
Thanks Larry

gerald Jolly   July 25th, 2010 12:30 am ET

In 1946 the world heard the news that the german military had slaughtered 6 million jews.

In 1946 what the world did not hear was that the Japanese military had slaughtered 17 million chinese citizens 90% of which were unarmed non-combatants.

To this day the Japanese government refuse to admit that they committed those athrocities, the same as they are telling the world that they are only harvesting whales for scientific purposes


If the free democratic governments of the world are too whimpy to confront the Japanese Government on the issue of whales being slaughtered,


Yasunori   July 25th, 2010 1:47 am ET

I didn't watch the whole show but it's not fair if the show conveyed Sea Shepherds' unilateral message. There should be oppositions at the same table. When you deal with American politics, you don't invite just one party, don't you? Sea Shepherds has a right to express whatever they want but their actions shouldn't be allowed. They are regarded as terrorists or criminals in Japan. You can not call them heros at any rate at any place. There are different opinions between people and countries. Therefore there are places to discuss each other and media to express your opinions. If you don't take peaceful ways to understand issues and take radical actions, there will be full of terrorists all over the world. Attitudes of single-minded people who think only they are always right cause real wars. Remember 9/11.
I was disappointed at that such a prestigious show treated Sea Shepherds as if they were heros. They are absolutely not.

paullis   July 25th, 2010 2:34 am ET

I have watched the show a couple of times so am no authority but having served in the Navy I consider it a crime to intentionally put a ship and crew in harms way no matter what the reason. I witnessed the intrusion of one ship between a "processing" ship and a whaler resulting in a collision and the intentional crossing of the bow of another ship by that small black boat that was struck. We all have our own personal likes and dislikes and actually I think both parties should continue taking on the armor of self righteousness and keep on doing what they do, two illegal entities patting themselves on the backs. Who champions the krill?

claudia   July 25th, 2010 2:44 am ET

Edmund Burke got it right when he said:

"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing."

Whale research my foot!! It's barbaric and I bet you that the Japanese dont use every part of the whale.

paullis   July 25th, 2010 2:57 am ET

Come on Smith in Oregon tell us where we may read the study concerning the toxic heavy metals found in whales. Have you had a tissue sample taken that did not harm you? Also, I assume that now that we have been saved by the Democrats there is no more dumping of hazardous waste into the ocean. Corporations own both parties. You cannot be naive enough to be a party member, either party, can you?

Kristine Galarza   July 25th, 2010 3:18 am ET

These people are so brave! I would love to go down and join their campaign to save whales. I think that we all should be there to stand up and fight for these whales because they can't defend themselves! I love the show and support what the sea shepards do for these helpless animals!
"Sea Shepard @ heart"

Donald Allen   July 25th, 2010 3:52 am ET

Hi Bark or Bob you may not remember me But it Ben A Long Time sense LA so I,M going it about the Book I May may not have Had can you remember and I Think you or doing a Great thing saving the Big White so need a sponsor Ned to save a Big white Just see Bob Barker But I have one more Favor to ask if you help sum one Make sure there not Just out there to rip so one like me off I,V had about NF of the crock if you no How I field and it has Ben a long time and I,V dun quit a lot sense than see you Be well Donald L Allen

lostemperor   July 25th, 2010 5:08 am ET

Somalie pirates are able to protect these gracious gentle giants if the beast hunt for them in their waters.

Bose   July 25th, 2010 6:08 am ET

You always show one side opinion,
and try to CONTROL by English speaking countries.
Westernize with media and arm.
Early 20th, U.S.A and England hunted the Whales too much.
That's why the whales are in danger of extinction.
Look at the history, you are invading, land, language, religion and culture.
Do you know how many Kangaroos are killed?
3.000.000 Kangaroos are killed by Australian!
That's why you are bom ed.

jerry   July 25th, 2010 6:22 am ET

all this hype about saving the whales we have to save the whales.question who is coming to the defence of all the unborn HUMAN BEINGS that being slaughtered and thrown away as trash on a daily basis and the number of these are in the thousands

maggie   July 25th, 2010 6:30 am ET

Boycott goods,services and travel where possible/practical of countries that agree with the slaughter of the whales....thanks Larry for a very informative program and Mr Bob Barker thank you for helping to save the whales.

colby stevens   July 25th, 2010 6:42 am ET

the crew of the sea sheppard (the Bob Barker) are nothing short of terrorests !! They need to be arrested and tried for crimes of terrorism. I have watched the show, complained to DISCOVERY CHANEL on this subject. Allso, Bob Barker is to the japanese whailing fleet and japan as Osama Bin Ladden Is to the USA. he is funding TERRORISM , his assets need to be seized and tried in a court of law for doing so. The sea is brimming with whales, there is no shortage. they are under a Dilusion that they are doing some sort of good when they are just TERRORISTS. BOB BARKER TOO...I urge everyone to write your congress man and demand they be tried for acts of terrorism.

Nao   July 25th, 2010 7:06 am ET

I would comment on their tactics, rather than the whaling issue. To me, Sea Shepperd looks like Al-Quida. They attacked the WTC buildings saying Americans are bad. Sea Shepperd attacks Japanese whaling ships by saying whaling is bad. Both of the groups believe they can do whatever they want because their causes are right. They should play by the rule. Japanese whaling activity is based on the IWC decision. Sea Shepperd is not abiding by the rule of the sea. The sailing rule says when a ship detects another ship in its way, the ship must move away from the ship to avoid collision. The Sea Shepperd ship, instead of avoiding, approaches the Japanese whiling vessel.

Megdalina Biskner   July 25th, 2010 11:30 am ET

I dont think they are going to far. My husband and I watch the show all the time. We love and respect what they do to help save whales and other widlife they come across that is in need of help.

IKHAN   July 25th, 2010 12:59 pm ET

Hi Larry,
this subject Larry, is important not only in the context of the Whaling issue but it is also linked to what else is wrong with this world of ours.Hope bloggers don't let go.

thanks for your kind comments
@gerald Jolly

as long as USA continues to protect & shield countries, in the name of holy alliance, which more often than not are rogue & undemocratic like Israel or have a history of atrocities as you point out or are dictatorial & repressive like Egypt, forget about accountability to mankind.
Look guys 14 million Americans are without jobs, our essential services state & city-wise are shrinking or closing down. Education & Health Care are now considered way down the ladder, infrastructure needing attention. The nation gets deeper into debt.
And what are we doing? Conducting military exercises in the Korean Peninsula to further worsen a situation already out of control, feeding wars in Iraq & Afghanistan, gearing up & diverting our resources in preparation of perhaps another war.
The politicians having nothing on their minds but the mid-term or the next general elections. bickering among themselves & battling on party-lines. sinking lower in their campaigns even resorting to racism,hate & fear mongering.
States' cessation from the federation an openly discussed subject.
No one gives a damn to where this country is going.

Sorry to sound so morbid. But this is the state of the Union.
Any solutions???

Thomas A Archer   July 25th, 2010 2:37 pm ET

Have you lost all your values? By not challenging the group from Sea Shepherd Crew & it’s leader. You and your station are promoting anarchy. You do know the meaning of the word? I hope. The complete disregard of all laws. I my self favor the teaching’s of the first “man” called, Buddha. Non violence, acceptance, respect for all life. But he also taught that I [as does everyone] has as much right to live as the next person. And if I was a Japanese sailor on one of the whaling ships. An needed the job to feed my wife an children. Well you can guess, what I would do. No one, & An I repeat NO ONE has any right to disobey rules with violence. If they really believe in this cause? Challenge it in court. Use the money to change world opinion. As A man who follows most of Buddha ideas. One question, for them. How many eat food with eyes ?

DMR   July 25th, 2010 2:51 pm ET

At what intersection does vigilantism become accepted and applauded? If the whaling actions are illegal, the enforcement of same is not the purview of self-annoited individuals. If that is an acceptable premise, than Larry King et al cannot be outraged when other "wrongs" are addressed. Leave the enforcement to the law. Capture the wrongs on film, but the Sea Sheherd's crew has no authority or right to intervene in any way.

gerald Jolly   July 25th, 2010 5:46 pm ET

@ Dodie.

As much as you say as much as I agree.

We have become a nation in the state of decay.

Once the moral base of the world, now reviled by most other countries because of our SCHOOL YARD BULLY mentality.

Is it any wonder that our youth are turning to violent acts to solve petty problems.

What are we to expect when our leaders insist on doing diplomacy from the end of the barrel of a gun.


Smith in Oregon   July 25th, 2010 6:41 pm ET

@ paullis, simply look up 'whale meat contamination' and refine your search for 2000 onward thru the present year. Tissue samples from a Whale with their massive bulk is nothing more invasive than a hair sample from a human being checked for various toxins that whale or human has consumed.

Single small private business's seldom have the resources to dump millions of tons of toxic and hazardous wastes into the Oceans. Republican led corporations on the other hand have the depravity and political connections to do that. Bush jr's own brother, for example is smack in the middle of a massive toxic waste dumping scandal.

@ IKHAN, take heart. The enormous wealth needed to continue the Oil and Gas wars in the Middle East and continue to prop up America's Shadow Government known as the 4th. branch of Government is GONE.

The corrupt Republican administration of Bush-Cheney paid for the immense Iraqi Oil leases with the lives, blood, sweat and tears of the American people, and in return Bush-Cheney gave those Iraqi Oil multi-Trillion dollar leases to China for pennies. Bush-Cheney helped broker the Trillion dollar Libyan Oil leases to BP and the American people got nothing but HOSED.

With America's economy in slow recovery, there is simply not enough American taxpayer dollars to continue to prop up America's Shadow Government and fight multiple foreign Wars. That is apparently the answer that leads to peace. More and more Americans are choosing aid for States and domestic programs and less for foreign nations, foreign wars and less funding for the largest worthless spy empire in the world.

Ironically IKHAN, it appears the utter depraved Greed of the Republican Potty'ticians and administration has lead to the very downfall of their nefarious plans and operations in America and around the world. They grew unchecked to such an enormous size they cannot possibly exist without huge amounts of American taxpayer dollars in continued funding which is entirely lacking now. They are going on a starvation diet now which will continue until that evil is entirely gone.

Dodie   July 25th, 2010 7:31 pm ET

Thomas and DMR

I fully understand your concerns. Supporting and challenging the law is a case for Anarchy; however, by the time the laws catch up with the massacre of this species, it could easily be too late. So what then? oops??? It is already too late for the blue whale. They have been annihilated to the brink of extinction and little to no diversity residing in their DNA.

BTW DMR, Greenpeace has been filming the killing of whales for "years" This is NOT a new issue!

Dodie   July 25th, 2010 7:37 pm ET

People need to be reading up on Greenpeace before making frivolous statements! Good Grief!!!

Dodie   July 25th, 2010 7:50 pm ET


Paul Watson was an early member of Greenpeace in 1971! For your information, he filmed and watched the massacre of these whales for many years before he finally realized the species will be exterminated!!! He is a compassionate and loving man which is more than I can say for some people!

Dodie   July 25th, 2010 8:45 pm ET

@ gerald Jolly

Yes, people continue to bury their head in sand... maybe I should say ocean in this case ~sigh~ And how are you tonight!

@Smith in Oregon

We are not only harpooning and killing the whales, we are exterminating them through our toxins. Pretty darn sad!!! Nice to see you tonight!

PETA (People Eating Tastey Animals)   July 25th, 2010 8:50 pm ET

In order to accept the whole philosphy of the Sea Shepards you must deny the right of all people to eat any meat. That makes no sense to me. What does make sense is to manage a herd to it's healthiest levels with the healthiest specimens. We give thanks before meals in reverence to the animals given to us for sustenance as a result of our desire to revere the role of animals in the world as companions, beast of burden and yes, food. The research we get from the yearly hunt of deer in many states determines the allowable harverst for next year so if the Japanese research is to set levels of harvest then guess what, it is reseach! And it is helpful in bringing back the whale population to healthy levels. Ask a SS crew member if that would be acceptable and I will bet the answer will not be yes. These people are emotionally driven zealots that will lie, cheat, sabotage, and steal to placate their own feelings. So what's next? Outlaw cattle ranchers? Chicken farmers?

This Bethuene character had to go because he eclipse Yachtsman (not self acclaimed Captain) Watson's ego, a competitor if you will.

Dodie   July 25th, 2010 9:04 pm ET

If we continue to eat unframed meat until it is exhausted.. how foolish is that. A biosphere only exists if the natural selection is allowed to live. So if we kill everything, we will also end up exterminating ourselves!

Susan Hohstadt   July 25th, 2010 9:55 pm ET

Children don't have a full concept of what they do and the consequences. I made mistakes as a child – who didn't–I was lucky–I did not face serious consequences. Thank God I did not get put away at the age of 15 for shoplifting. Instead my Dad and the store cop put the fear of God in me....partly through heartbreak and humiliation or I too could have wound up in jail. A kid does not realize the full consequences, moral impact, of his/her actions. Give children a chance!! God bless those who believed in these children.

gerald Jolly   July 25th, 2010 11:07 pm ET

I have had the privilidge of seeing grey whales up close, "FROM MY BOAT, NOT A TOUR BOAT" for the short period that I lived on Vancouver Island Canada.

Please believe me when I tell you, they truly are very intelligent, and magnificent creatures perhaps even more than mankind, you see grey whales have never killed or ate even one human being, the glory of seeing the mothers protecting their calfs is one of the most awesome and inspiring things I have ever witnessed in my entire life.

I simply do not and cannot understand how a civilized human being could want to kill them.

Truly a disgusting thought to think that a human could wish to kill them.


Dodie   July 26th, 2010 12:12 am ET

@ gerald Jolly

Thank you. And Vancouver Island is where I hope to retire.

gerald Jolly   July 26th, 2010 12:34 am ET

@ Dodie,

Very beautiful, but bring a lot of money, it's the most expensive city to live in in Canada,

However if one does'nt mind living of the beaten track a little, it is reasonable.

Great weather year around and the possibility of any snow is remote at best.

gerald Jolly   July 26th, 2010 12:36 am ET

@ Dodie.
Forgot to mention, most of the folks there are very oriented to the SNOBBISH ENGLISH WAY OF LIFE.

Dodie   July 26th, 2010 11:31 am ET

@gerald Jolly
Thanks Gerald for the information. I am looking at Sidney, Vancouver Island because J and K Orca pods reside in that area. I have no affinity with pompous aristocrats.

Laurel   July 26th, 2010 12:09 pm ET

I absolutely don't think the Sea Shepherds are going too far!! I applaud the efforts they are making to save these beautiful whales! I too had the pleasure of going whale watching from Vancouver Island in Canada.
We made sure we stayed far enough away as to not to disturb these magestic creatures...but one swam right under our boat...
Please please keep up the good work Sea Shepherds..

Thank you!!!

IKHAN   July 26th, 2010 1:12 pm ET

Hi Larry.
Hi folks.

@Dodie @ gerald Jolly.
I have been to Vancouver & its indeed a place right out of a picture post card. But that was about a decade back. The cost of living like everywhere else must have gone up.
@Dodie.Don't ever think of retiring from blogging.
@Smith in Oregon.
Interesting thought. Evil – starving, drying up & wilting away along with tax payers shrinking pockets & increasing aversion to this Evil.

gerald Jolly   July 26th, 2010 8:13 pm ET

@ Dodie.

Sydney is quite different from Victoria, there you will find a more layed back atmosphere

And you have quick access to the ferry if you want to go across to the mainland.


PETA (People Eating Tastey Animals)   July 27th, 2010 4:31 pm ET

@Dodie – Biosphere is correct. We have a role in it and as do other carnivours when they control herd size preventing starvation and diseases. So can we agree that hunting to extinction is completely moroninc but hunting wisely to cull a herd is OK and, if done correctly encourged for the health of the remaining animals.

Do you think anyone on the SS crew eats any meat?

@Jolly – A truly emotional response. So your measure of civilized vs. uncivilized is when someone eats flesh? I guess that leaves out... well ... all civilizations throughout history.

I guess what I am leading to is that the belief that you should not eat meat is virtually a religious belief, not a natural fact. And when you assert your religious beliefs on others well what does that make you?

PETA (People Eating Tastey Animals)   July 27th, 2010 4:55 pm ET

And Smith in Oregon, might I suggest anger managment?

Dodie   July 27th, 2010 6:18 pm ET


Thank you for your kind encouragement and compliments! You remind me of a very close and dear friend :~)

@ gerald Jolly

Thank you for the information. I have always been in awe of the majestic beauty the North Pacific holds. It’s one of the last places on our planet where wildlife is still bountiful! I am counting the months!

Thank you both for your wisdom and kindness! The world is a much better place with you both in it!

Dodie   July 27th, 2010 6:40 pm ET

@ PETA (People Eating Tastey Animals)

The first nation of this country always felt that it is man’s responsibility to take care of our planet. This includes the resisting of killing off all other species for our gratification. Of course many crew members on the sea shepherd eat meat. As you stated, their main interest is to keep the biosphere healthy. Whales are on top of the “food chain” meaning they are what hold the biosphere together (the niche). You remove them, and one never knows the ripples this will cause in the future. Besides they are majestic and incredibly intelligent beings.

I am not religious. I believe the dinosaurs became extinct for two reasons. The meteor and they were already on the brink of extinction from consuming their resources with such veracity; whereby, it could not reproduce. If you notice, there are animals on this planet who survived the meteor catastrophe. There is an old saying. Past is the best predictor of future. Are we not doing the exact same thing to this planet with our vast population? It is something to think about.

Smith from Oregon is not angry. This person is extremely passionate in reference to the environment! This person is calling out to everyone …. Be responsible to our environment! He is truly a remarkable individual.

PETA (People Eating Tastey Animals)   July 28th, 2010 5:30 pm ET


There is no top of the food chain and no critical animal in it. 98% of all species that ever lived are extinct and here we are suggesting that one species loss will ruin the universe. That is simply not true. It is a shame when it happens but the biosphere survives.

When a mammal dies it is eaten by other animals regardless of its predation technique. You might say worms are at the top of the food chain when they eat our corpses in the ground.

In essence, I agree with some of the argument where the existence of a species is threatened but the SS crew are pretty mindless about what they think is threataned. The whole harp seal thing for example. There is no shortage of harp seals but they lost the Farley Mowat pursuing that endeavor. There must be a another form of logic at work here.

When I look at the crew and it's leader (not a Captain) I see a cult following a fantical egomaniac. You may see it differenlty but I warn you not to drink the Kool-aid. The signs are all there, self proclaimed titles (Captain), uniforms, badges, titles. These people are never accomplished at anything and have no credentials and are following the king of incompetence. He is completely bonkers like that grizzly man who wound up feeding himself and his girlfriend to the bears, or even their ship's namesake Steve Irwin who misjudged his mastery of nature and ultimately left his children fatherless due to foolishness.

As for not being religious, I think it is how you define religion. It does not have to involve a deity at all. It is my belief that everyone has a god, it is just a matter of what manifestation. Watson is worshiped by his crew.

As for Smith in Oregon, well I just read that rant about republican this and that and thought, that's a pretty angry guy. A passion is one thing but to lash out in that rant that was at best tangential to the subject, well that is a little over the top. Then I see he has no problem escalating to the next level on everything. I imagine he is pretty harmless though, The internet is a place loaded with 'beer muscles," and people sying things they would never dare say or do in real life.

I think Greenpeace has it right (and no I have never belonged). They encourage awareness and are far more effective than SS. As a matter of fact I think SS creates more Whale meat eaters than it stops. There are a lot of people cheering for the Whalers and are amused by idiocy aboard the SS vessels,

Dodie   July 29th, 2010 7:14 pm ET


The biosphere may or may not survive depending on the “niche” that has disappeared. Coral reefs for example; without them, there is nothing. No biosphere. We do not know what will happen if all whales are eliminated from the oceans. All life is connected in some way. It is like throwing a rock in a placid lake and watching the ripple effect. There are those we can predict and there are those we cannot predict. Humans have a voracious appetite. Your analogy about worms is erroneous in my view. Captain Watson … captain, being the person in charge of a sea going vessel, worked with Greenpeace. He has a lot of information and background in this specific area. I believe that his passion regarding his desire to stop the countless killing of whales is honorable. After all, he has brought this issue to the forefront attention of the public and filmed the actual killing of whales. Greenpeace has been doing this for years and the only public who are aware of this were those who read national geographic, explorer, etc magazines and are environmental advocates. With the making of a TV series, carries the “message” to a greater audience. I support his endeavors. I have watched some of his series on TV. I have listened to his strategy and issues with safety in the dangerous and icy waters of the Antarctic.

Smith's passion is strong. Just like some other people I know....

People with passion like Watson, often encompass that which is the target of their passion. They are omnipresent in the experience. It could be viewed as an obsession, however I prefer to see it as passion.....

BTW, I always enjoy your banter!

Veritas vos liberabit

Gail Amalfitano   August 1st, 2010 6:51 pm ET

Go Get those jerks Captain!!
Someone needs to help these guys, use the helicopter to drop that suff on the deck and find a way to make underwater noise to chase away the whales.

shawn   August 3rd, 2010 4:20 pm ET

thay need to do whatever it takes to stop the killing of whales

Ash   August 4th, 2010 7:40 pm ET

I appreciate the show Whale Wars. I'm not a huge environmentalist but the show has made me think about choices that I make everyday and the consequences my choices have...environmentally speaking. I think the show is about more than just some crazy people willing to die for a whale. I think it's more about taking a stand for something you believe in. Our planet is precious and we need to take care of it and the creatures in it...human and all.
That being said....Chuck Swift is a great leader, and I have to say it...SEXY!

Jeremy   September 5th, 2010 7:18 am ET

Long live those who are willing to take action and do what the governments refuse to do. I hope they get enough financial backing from their television exposure to buy a whole fleet of ships. Power in numbers. With a dozen ships the Japanese wouldn't stand a chance. I have donated several times and plan to again and again and again.

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