Tuesday 12 January 2010


The media has been hoodwinked again. the Sea Shepherd puts out a press release and suddenly the papers honk out the headlines - Protesters file attempted murder complaint

How silly. We think that the charge of reckless endangerment should be considered against the skipper of the Ady Gil.

He had his eye off the ball as he and his crew gloated about their mosquito like irritant actions against the Whalers. It was up to him to get out of the way. So negligence is something that the authorities must be considering.

And we found this in our comments
from Shark diver.- its a complete piss take .......

We would like to congratulate Sea Shepherd and Animal Planet on a fantastic staged event for television - perhaps one of the best staged disaster moments of 2010.

As production people ourselves we know the hazards and very real dangers of staging live disasters for television. It's a highly technical world only professionals can effectively operate in.

Multi-million dollar staged disasters are often canceled at the last minute due to OSHA compliance or studio fears of death and dismemberment. Sea Shepherd on the other hand have found a way to circumvent all of the requirements for staged disaster television by only allowing all volunteer crews and staging the event against non paid, non union, Japanese whalers.

By-passing all clean environmental requirements for television productions by producing this man made disaster in the Antarctic ocean was another master stroke. The clean up of several thousand gallons of bio diesel spilled by the Ady Gil and retrieval of the vessel from the sea floor would have cost Sea Shepherd and Whale Wars production millions if this disaster had been filmed in the USA.


Managing to move Sea Shepherds $2 million dollar vessel Ady Gil into the path of Japanese whalers was a stroke of nautical timing by a seasoned captain who knew his vessel, and the direction wind, waves, and engines were carrying it. Catching the whole thing on video from the Bob Barker at just the right angle was pure reality television.

We were doubly impressed with the witty and show branding quote from SSCS Paul Watson immediately after the stunt "Now we're in a Real Whale War!" reminding the global audience that this is, after all, Must See TV!

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have proven to be much evolved from the earlier staged days of Paul Watson being shot by Japanese whalers. In terms of production quality and emotional leverage that staged event was not one of the top three of the 2007 reality television season.

Kudos again to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and Animal Planet for once again leading the way to a new decade of reality television. The disaster staging keeps getting better and better, and your circumvention of all production norms and safety regulations allows your organization to literally shoot for the moon.

We also noted this on the Sharkdivers blog.. Now normally we don't like Greenpeace but this is a very good advert.....

1 comment:

Horizon Charters Guadalupe Cage Diving said...

Hey RP,

We're "Shark Diver" not "hunter" we loves da sharks. Thanks for posting our take on the Ady Man Made Disaster.

We might just open a few donor eyes to this "Wagging the Conservation Dog"