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Some people are so highly dedicated to defending endangered species that it occasionally takes them to the point of fanaticism. Such activists include the captain and crew of the Farley Mowat, a self-proclaimed pirate ship run by the Sea Shepherd Society (which some law-enforcement organizations have identified as ecoterrorists). Adventure writer Heller tells the story of his two-month cruise with the Farley Mowatto the Antarctic in search of the Japanese whaling fleet in order to stop their illegal hunting. There is a lot of nail-biting action, plus good information, both political and direct, on the whale species and the efforts to keep commercial whaling illegal. The author's reflections on his doubts about the methods of Capt. Paul Watson and his crew are especially well expressed. Readers who enjoyed G. Bruce Knecht's Hooked: Pirates, Poaching, and the Perfect Fishshould also like this one. Recommended for college and public libraries where interest in marine policy, Antarctica, or whales and whaling is high.
—Margaret A. Rioux