In the tradition of The Perfect Storm, The Whale Warriors
takes us on a hair-raising journey aboard a whale-saving pirate ship
with a vigilante crew whose mission is to stop illegal Japanese whaling
in the stormy remote seas off Antarctica.
For two months, journalist Peter Heller rode aboard the vegan pirate ship Farley Mowat
as it stalked its prey—a Japanese whaling fleet—through the storms and
ice of Antarctica. The ship is black, flies under a jolly roger, and
carries members of the Sea Shepherd Society, a radical environmental
group who are willing to die to stop illegal whale hunting.
Sea Shepherd ship, led by the charismatic Captain Paul Watson—a
modern-day anti-Ahab—takes extreme risks in defense of whales and
ratchets up the stakes. The ship is almost sunk twice, once in a force
gale. Heller re-creates a nail-biting showdown when Watson and the crew
attempt to ram an enormous Japanese whaling ship on the high seas,
trying to tear open its hull with a steel blade called a “can opener.”
The crews on board both ships know that there will be no assistance in
this desolate part of the ocean. In thirty-five-foot seas, it is a
deadly game of Antarctic chicken and a fast-paced, rollicking adventure
in which the stakes cannot be higher. Download and start listening now!