If you've never watched Whale Wars, I just don't know where you've been. The scientist and I got addicted last season and now that the new season is in full effect, it's even better than last year!
Here's the rundown: The Sea Shepherds are a group of conservationists who make Greenpeace look like comatose sloths. They go out on to Arctic oceans in their ship, the Steve Irwin, and they literally try to stop Japanese whalers. They throw stink bombs, the tangle ships' propellers with giant ropes, they get all pirate with it and jump on the Japanese boats, they ram their giant boat into other giant boats. It's really fantastic. So Animal Planet just follows them as they go on their annual mission during the whaling season. And the theme song is "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by the Smashing Pumpkins. (Hence the blog post title.)
It's a great show because not only is it exciting, but it's incredibly interesting. I have learned so much about whales by watching this show, as well as stuff about international waters, international law, Japanese whaling, and Greenpeace. For example, did you know these whales are endangered, but the Japanese are allowed to harpoon them because they claim to be doing scientific research? In actuality, the whales are worth millions of dollars for their meat. It's a messed up thing. The Japanese self-determined quota includes 50 endangered humpback whales. Humpback whales! Unbelievable.
The footage of the whales is beautiful, too, and I always feel like they're super smart and they're so graceful. It makes me think about vegetarianism. But, then again, I've never had that "smart and graceful" vibe come at me from a cow. And cows aren't endangered. Things to think about...