On the other side of the page and not in agreement, each season down there the situation has grown more violent. The Japanese whalers are fighting back hard with tactics similar, and indeed more effective, than the Sea Shepherds. It is inevitable that someone is going to get seriously hurt and most likely even killed. Whatever 'Wats-his-name' may say to raise funds a human life is not worth being lost in this manner. It was clear last season, from viewing the current "Whale Wars" that many of the crew felt the same way. The behaviour of the New Zealand firefighter towards both the other crewmembers and the mission itself was deplorable. Self-centered and disrespectful to the Command of the MY Bob Barker with the rest of the Kiwis thinking it was a huge joke, one wonders what sort of Fire Service New Zealand operates if this is an example of one of its staff.
After they transferred to the MY Steve Irwin for repatriation to New Zealand over half the crew of the MY Steve Irwin left the ship on arrival in Australia. Editing did not show the behaviour on board during that trip but NAUTICAL LOG has learned the atmosphere aboard could be described as "tense" which no doubt led to the crew departures. The behaviour of Bethune, who should not have been aboard in the first place, in the workshop causing a serious shipboard fire on the way back to the Southern Ocean illustrates the out of control lack of management of the vessel. Ships are commanded not managed by committee even in this 21st. Century with a volunteer crew. In fact the Command atmosphere is even more critical with a volunteer crew than with professional seaman who know their jobs and relationships.