Whale Wars, Season 3, Episode 4 aired on Animal Planet Friday night, which featured the Bob Barker seeing its first whaling ship. The Ady Gil’s attempts to halt the Shonan Maru No. 2’s harassment of the Steve Irwin doesn’t go well. Season 3, Episode 4 of Whale Wars also sees the Ady Gil’s crew get some truly fresh water. Agree with them or not, people who hold strong beliefs against whaling are risking their lives to uphold their ideals.
The Ady Gil Has Trouble with the Shonan Maru No. 2 on Whale Wars, Season 3, Episode 4
The 78 foot Ady Gil, which is skippered by Captain Bethune, is engaging the Shonan Maru No. 2 so the Steve Irwin can get 30-plus miles out of range of the harpoon boat’s radar. The crew shoots spud gun projectiles (apples filled with butyric acid) at the Japanese, but when the prop fouler is released too soon, the Japanese get around it.
On the Steve Irwin, Captain Watson has been able get away from the Japanese boat because of the Ady Gil’s doings temporarily, but after the prop fouler attempt by the Ady Gil failed, the whaling ship catches up again on Season 3, Episode 4 of Whale Wars. So the skipper does a “Crazy Ivan”, but so does the Shonan Maru No. 2, which turns the Japanese back towards the Ady Gil. Bethune’s boat again fails again with the quick release rope. So Captain Watson decides to go back to Hobart, Australia for the time being. Every day, some 12 whales are killed when no one is taking the Japanese whalers to task.
As for the Ady Gil, a new problem is a lack of water and fuel, meaning rationing until the Bob Barker comes. The Ady Gil crew spends time looking for the whalers and are starting to feel desperate without supplies, even trying some iceberg chunks found in the ocean, which turn out to be salty. So the next plan is to swim to an iceberg and get some fresh water, which works on Whale Wars, Season 3, Episode 4. Later, more spud gun practice takes place. After a call from the Bob Barker about the Nisshin Maru’s location, a new course is set to meet the boats, if it can make it on its fuel supply.
At shore, Captain Watson forges a plan to sail an indirect route back to the Antarctica area hoping to not be spotted by the Japanese boat. Leaving Australian waters at night, the crew hopes it’s ditched the Shonan Maru No. 2.
The Bob Barker Finally Spots Its First Whaling Ship on Season 3, Episode 4 of Whale Wars
The 60 year old ship Bob Barker is led by Captain Swift. The Orion sends the boat an email saying that they’ve seen the Nisshin Maru. After a phone call between boats, it’s determined that the Japanese factory ship is close by. So the Bob Barker heads right to them, a day-plus away. As darkness looms, a harpoon ship is spotted, but the skipper decides to not engage it so as to keep on the Nisshin Maru. The worry is now that these whalers might spot the Bob Barker’s “Sea Shepherd” markings, but luckily for the crew, the Japanese ship turns away. When it arrives at the last known location of the Nisshin Maru, there’s no trace initially, but then it’s spotted. The Sea Shepherds get excited at the sight, and the other ships are notified.
As Season 3, Episode 4 of this Animal Planet show ends, the Ady Gil comes up on the Nisshin Maru, ready for action…next week.
If you need a recap of Season 3 of Whale Wars, Episode 1 is here; Episode 3 is here.
“Stealth Attack”, Whale Wars, June 25, 2010 Animal Planet