Whale Wars, Season 3, Episode 5 aired on Animal Planet Friday night with the Sea Shepherds on the Bob Barker and Ady Gil engaged in trying to stop the Nisshin Maru from processing whalemeat. But troubles abounded in the quest. The Steve Irwin, headed by Captain Watson, is 1000 miles away (around Australia) retooling and retraining on Season 3, Episode 5 of Whale Wars. Nonetheless, the skipper is being kept abreast of the doings of the other two boats.
The Ady Gil’s Diminishing Fuel Supply Challenges Its Mission on Whale Wars, Season 3, Episode 5
The 78 foot Ady Gil, which is skippered by Captain Bethune, is heading towards the whale meat processing vessel Nisshin Maru at full speed. The protective nets of the Japanese whaling ship don’t totally stop spud gun projectiles of apples full of butyric acid from landing on board. Still, the Sea Shepherds’ ammunition is not enough to foil the plans of the Japanese, so the prop fouler is deployed ideally to where the whaling ship crosses. Even though the prop fouler is sucked under, it doesn’t work. And with the Bob Barker close by, that boat must be careful not to get its propeller caught in the prop fouler as it loses ground to the Nisshin Maru.
Later, the Ady Gil is running out of fuel and needs refueling by the Bob Barker, which can’t refuel it since it would cause the bigger boat to lose contact with the Japanese boat. As fuel runs out, fears abound that the Nisshin Maru will totally ditch the Sea Shepherds on Whale Wars, Season 3, Episode 5.
Season 3, Episode 5 of Whale Wars Sees the Bob Barker Lose Sight of the Nisshin Maru, Anyway
The Bob Barker is skippered by Captain Swift. This vessel starts the program off four miles behind the Nisshin Maru and its crew of 150 that can butcher 10 whales a day. But the Sea Shepherd’s newest water vehicle is having trouble keeping up. Engineer Campbell Holland tries to make the boat run faster, and Captain Watson implores the boat to stay on the Japanese boat. Nonetheless, Captain Swift decides that a smaller boat should be launched from the Bob Barker at full speed, which could be dangerous. Amidst rough waters and a slower speed that reduced tension in the line, the smaller boat finally breaks free on Season 3, Episode 5 of Whale Wars. Yet that plan put these Sea Shepherds seven miles behind the Japanese factory ship. The smaller boat has trouble getting top speed in the sea swells, and gets no closer to the Nisshin Maru, so it’s ordered back to the Bob Barker.
Captain Watson isn’t pleased with this backfire, and wishes he could’ve been on board to direct things, even though he thinks Captain Swift competent. Now the Bob Barker has to slow down a bit to reclaim its smaller boat, which causes visual contact of the Japanese factory ship to be lost. It takes more than 2 hours to spot other Japanese boats again, but they are three harpoon ships. The crew takes solace in keeping the Nisshin Maru moving fast, making it harder for the factory ship to accept whales from the other whaling boats. That comfort doesn’t last long on Whale Wars, Season 3, Episode 5 because the Shonan Maru No. 2 recon boat has arrived, and with the other three ships, the Bob Barker is being blocked from pursuing the Japanese mother ship.
The Ady Gil has just enough fuel to attempt to “prop foul” the Nisshin Maru again. As the show ends, the prop fouler is released into the factory ship’s path. Soon, the Japanese boat stops, causing cheers amongst the Sea Shepherds for their temporary victory during Episode 5 of the Animal Planet show.
If you need a recap of Season 3 of Whale Wars, Episode 1 is here; 3 here; 4 here.
“The Thrill of the Chase”, Whale Wars, July 9, 2010, Animal Planet