UPDATE 1/8/2012: TMZ is reporting that Paul Watson, has resigned from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society due to numerous lawsuits against him. The lastest one being reported by TMZ alleges that Watson destroyed and sank on of the major ships on the show and blamed the Japanese in order to gain sympathy and financial donations for the society.
In the interest of full disclosure, let me start by saying I was raised in Tripoli, Libya. That’s relevant because the episode of Whale Wars I saw was filmed in Libyan waters. That right there got me mad. But let me back up and explain this damn show. There is this Canookian Canadian dude name Paul Watson. He’s a terrorist. He has this big black ship that he fills up with misguided people who want to save the whales, or in the case of this episode, the bluefin tuna. Now there is nothing wrong with saving the whales, or the bluefin tuna either if that is what your mission in life is. However, rather than getting the rights to a sad Sarah McLachlan ballad and running ads on TV bring awareness to the “problem” Watson decided to fill up a black ship with a bunch of people wearing black clothes, and fly a black flag with a skull and a hook and a pitchfork on it and sail around to a bunch of places and terrorize fishermen.
|Nothing brings credibility to a cause like Daryl Hannah|
Which brings us to Libya. The waters of the Mediterranean sea apparently have lots of bluefin tuna. The island country of Malta,located about 700 miles NW of Libya, is inhabited by people who like to eat bluefin tuna. The Japanese like to make sushi with bluefin tuna. All them there weird folks like Yankees and Californians like to eat sushi made with bluefin tuna. In the last couple decades a bunch of fancypants places all over the world have been selling the hell out of bluefin tuna. So now, fishermen can make five figures for every bluefin tuna they catch. So lots of “greedy fisherman” said to themselves, “Self, why am I going out there catching fish that don’t sell for a lot when I could catch me some bluefin tuna? Because I’m a moron, that’s why. Let me get out there and catch some bluefin tuna.” So they did. Then the world starting getting kinda low on bluefin tuna because now it wasn’t just the people in Malta (population under 500,000) and the Japanese (population around 127 million) eating up all the bluefin tuna. It was fancypants Europeans and sushi eating Americans eating up all the bluefin tuna. So people started saying, “Hey, we’re running out of bluefin tuna! Let’s stop fishing so many of them!” and so quotas were put into place much like they were for the King crab in Alaska.
And everyone lived happily ever after. Or not so much. Paul Watson, the biggest media whore of all media whores, took some time off from harassing the Faroe Islanders over pilot whale fishing, and dropped by the Mediterranean and started harassing fishermen there about bluefin tuna. Watson and his band of terrorists take it upon themselves to approach the fishermen and demand to be let on board to count fish and look for small ones being caught illegally. Watson apparently thinks that since he doesn’t like the way that the international agencies that govern fishing are doing their job that he can do whatever the hell he wants to the fishermen out there trying to catch some fish. And he does. He rams their boats, and steals their fish. Once he demands to see their catch, if the fishermen tell him to fuck off, he pulls up to them and throw glass bottles full of butyric acid at them. He rams their boats and their fishing pens. While he is attacking the ship, he sends some moronic divers down and they cut the nets and lets out all the tuna! What a bastard!
So the fishermen, who were from Malta sued Watson and he got arrested and his boat got impounded. YAY! Except they let him out, and his dumbass supporters sent him money to pay the gajillion dollars to get his boat back. The Maltese guys are suing him for a million euro for stealing the fish, and hurting the fisherman, and being a jackass in general. The trial is set for next month (this all happened back in 2010, and Watson went back to the same spot for the bluefin season last year) in London. I hope he rots in prison. Meanwhile, he has his own very successful reality TV show. Grrrrrrr.
Meanwhile, I’m hoping that Watson keeps going to the Libyan waters. Now that they are not busy overthrowing a dictator maybe they will have have a little more time to deal with dumbass pirates harassing people in their waters. Because another group of humans that needs to be culled from the herd is dumbass pirates. I think I might send Watson an email suggesting he go check on those fishermen off the shore of Somalia. I think he should get real close to land to be sure they are following the rules there. Stupid Watson.
P.S. If you like the cartoon above, check out Toothpaste for Dinner. He’s funny. :)