At the Edge of the World
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At the Edge of the World

2008, Environment  -   45 Comments
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At the Edge of the World chronicles the controversial Sea Shepherd Antarctic Campaign against a Japanese whaling fleet. The international volunteer crew, under-trained and under-equipped, develop a combination of bizarre and brilliant tactics with which to stop the whalers.

But first they must find the Japanese ships, a far more difficult challenge than ever imagined - long-time activist Paul Watson and first-time captain Alex Cornelissen employ an array of strategies in the hopes of finding an elusive adversary in the vast expanse of the Ross Sea.

With one ship (the Farley Mowat) too slow to chase down the whaling fleet, with their second ship (the Robert Hunter) unsuited for Antarctic ice conditions and with no country supporting their efforts to enforce international law, the situation becomes increasingly desperate. Against all odds, however, a real-life pirate tale unfolds - a modern-day "David vs. Goliath" adventure.

Directed by: Patrick Gambuti Jr., Dan Stone

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heimo
heimo
5 years ago

japanies must stop killing to whale .GOD saying never killing to whale and dolphin ...I tired japaniese never think about animals cultre

EMart
EMart
10 years ago

Why do people care more about animals then humans? There are children who do not have clean water to drink, food to eat and are sexually abused, to name a few. Why not put your efforts to save them?

Chris
Chris
11 years ago

Seems like a bunch of amateurs running a big boat with no one having any real clue of what they are doing…they even lose their own Zodiac..

Richard
Richard
11 years ago

With all due respect I admire the Sea Shepard's goals and intent but this documentary has shown them be an unprepared, unqualified and under-trained group of well meaning people who proved incredibly ineffective and a terrible waste of resources and possibly lives. After over 40 days at sea only results are almost losing 2 crew, and putting a giant hole in their own ship.

Surely their is a more effective way.

biskits86913
biskits86913
11 years ago

Okay, I'm probably going to get some hate for this but here goes....The over fishing of Tuna, Cod, Sardines, Haddock, Mackerel, Anchovies and flat fish is more damaging to the world than whaling. Maybe its wasted on me as I don't regard whales as any different to any other animal, but why should I? Don't say "because they are more intelligent" because its a bogus argument. Pigs are considered to be among the intelligent in the animal kingdom and they are tortured and imprisoned their whole life before being killed. The brutality of the kill is harsh but at least these are free animals that live a good live prior to being killed. To be perfectly honest, I don't think the people in this film are as passionate about animals as they are about whales. I doubt these guys care about all the insects that are becoming extinct, I bet they don't care about all the algae and plankton they are contaminating by pumping their ships waste into the sea 24 hours a day

Christian Klinckwort Guerrero
Christian Klinckwort Guerrero
11 years ago

Longing for the day Seashepard stops Japanees whale hunting, wish I could be with you doing something usefull

Glen Hale
Glen Hale
11 years ago

Jap scientist must be dumb if after all this time they are still researching.. and when you consider they are trying to find out why Whales are dying it's more hopeless.

LIVEFROMLIMBO
LIVEFROMLIMBO
11 years ago

Free Willy

stevenbhow
stevenbhow
11 years ago

Most of the whale and dolphin meat ends up in the garbage. Less then 10% of the Japanese population eats it. But every year in most grocery stores you can find whale bacon in the seafood section. Very sad and so destructive.

Most of the politicians in Japan are afraid to oppose the whaling and dolphin hunts because some very violent Nationalist groups have taken up the cause and threaten anyone who openly criticizes it. They have been known to blow up people's houses in some cases.

PaulGloor
PaulGloor
11 years ago

I would like to know what a research vessel needs a quota of 900 whales for ?
Do they share the results of their "research" ? Why is nothing done or apparently even evaluated to reduce their numbers culled for "research" ?

Imightberiding
Imightberiding
11 years ago

It's almost mind numbing to think that we still haven't learned after the decimation of the Buffalo/Bison during the 19th century that at the time seemed too numerous to count. Of course the Japanese had nothing to do with the slaughter of the magnificent beasts that roamed the great plains of North America. I would just think it was one of many examples of "man gone wild" along with countless other offenses against natural resources that are finite but we have an insatiable hunger that never seems to be satisfied until it is too late. Darwin awards anyone? I thought we were more evolved & smarter than this by now.

@Paul MacLeod
Yes this is a bit dated. If you read the title you may have noticed the date immediately below as 2008. Not that old but still well worth watching. Heck, it seems like just yesterday that I was on the Rainbow Warrior but in reality it was way back in 1983 long before it was lost to the sea. (Didn't intend the rhyme)

batvette
batvette
11 years ago

This is a fascinating documentary, though it speaks as much for the need for people to earn a living as much as anything. Why do the Japanese hunt whales? Is it because they are "evil"? Doubtful. To put food on the table for their families, they justify it. The people who man the Sea Shepherd's boats can do so for now, because someone feels passionate about the whales and is putting the food on their table.
Many of us would pursue noble tasks such as this with minimal luxuries, to have the food on our tables assured for us.
I'm afraid to say it's a fantasy to think it works that way.
Every product we use has a cost to the environment, the computers we post from require metals that when mined pollute the environment, oil that requires wars or pollutes as well.
It all has a cost, that was manageable when the population was below a certain number. As it soon reaches 7 billion, it is now too much. Man will suffer his own sorrows as the whales did, nature, or God (for some) will ultimately decide the method.
The method may simply be starvation, or cancer from the pollutions. It may not be noticeable or it may be cataclysmic.
Things take care of themselves despite man's best- or worst efforts.
All in all I think it's a great thing they are doing but it needs to be put in a certain perspective. Hunting a species to extinction is wrong- but some people strongly protest whaling because they are intelligent mammals but have no difficulty consuming a cheeseburger. Killer whales have no problem consuming a seal- who are darn cute and cuddly, right? The plankton most whales feed on are some mother plankton's children too.
Let me know when I reach silly- of course I have but that's the way these things end up.
When the whale populations replenish, let's all meet at McWhaley's for a WillieBurger. I'm hungry.

Malchik
Malchik
11 years ago

I get a laugh at how the Japanese can kill this many whales for 'scientific research' and think we're that stupid.

Really, we know what you're doing.

Paul MacLeod
Paul MacLeod
11 years ago

I think this is an old video of the Sea Shepherds campaigns in the Southern Ocean as one boat they renamed the Steve Irwin and the other, an icebraker boat they have, they renamed that the Bob Barker, as well as the wave braker catamaran vessels they enlist called the Adi Gill and the Bridget Bardo formerly called the Gojira! Watch the TV series (if you can find it) called Whale Wars that documents the Sea Shepherds campaigns against the Japanese whaling fleet. Though how the Japanese can continue to kill whales and call it science and get away with it, I'll never know?!

Pete Leclair
Pete Leclair
11 years ago

My Comment with the ever threat of animal species becoming more and more on the lists of close to danger or extinction is possible to the point where all that is being done will be for nothing and then the World wakes up when it is too late.A very sorrowful reality is that we as humans have always had the urge to seek new species and become proud of the accomplishments when the many new that are found are in great abundance.The irritating part is when the resourses become ever more hunted to the point where these docs come to lite and in reality it seems as though we act too late to protect and always say! "We wish we could have done more".The facts are clear here this is illegal yet no one except these band of Brothers who really try hard to make an example and show the world this is not rite only to jeopardise their LIVES,Careers,Freedoms and possibly die for there attempts to warn the world about what is happening and for this to go on may find themselves alone with no flags because their is nothing left for them to try and save.A realistic reality here is that no matter what consequences will become of this man keeps on and soon we are all out of beauty that this planet offers to see.We are animals as well.The real sad issue is that these beautiful animals are here for the same reason and that is to survive and have families.If they could talk i can imagine the words or warnings they have in store because they cannot talk does not give us the right to take them away because we are better or more intelligent.An excellent Doc and I have not seen the whole thing.There is no happy ending because the whole Doc truly is so sad,Now that the new passage is becoming less icy.What will these new shipping lanes hold and what new species will man find?

MrTemp0
MrTemp0
11 years ago

Yer Yer poor whales but if the green tree huggers got their way with everything we would all be living like cavemen again.
Some things they do are right but I do not want to go back when humans lived like cavemen do you ?

David Ewer
David Ewer
11 years ago

Excellent documentary! We should all support the intrepid volunteers as they risk their lives to stop Japanese whalers kill whales for restaurants back in Japan.

Boycott Japanese products until they stop this evil practice!

Lewis Sandler
Lewis Sandler
11 years ago

love this doc......should be required viewing in every high school science class...

Tanzanos Eleytheros
Tanzanos Eleytheros
11 years ago

Despite all my rage I am still just a rat in a cage

Jeremy Hughes
Jeremy Hughes
11 years ago

"Throw the stinky butter at them!" lmao

Nuff said.

TheDanishViking
TheDanishViking
11 years ago

Great documentary! One of the best in a long time. These people have a lot of courage.