Captain Paul Watson–environmental hero

Captain Paul Watson–a co-founder of Greenpeace who went on to found the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in 1977, his lifelong activism as a defender of all creatures of the sea has been recognized globally; for instance, Time magazine in 2000 named him one of the environmental heroes of the 20th century–discusses a bit of the history of Sea Shepherd and its anti-whaling campaigns primarily aimed over the years at the Japanese whaling fleet; “Whale Wars,” the new Animal Planet series focussing on the efforts of Watson and company to thwart Japanese whaling ships in the Antarctic seas; how a mutual admiration society between Watson and Peter Garrett, former Midnight Oil frontman, now Australian Environmental Minister, had turned contentious over the whaling issue; how volunteering for Sea Shepherd works and the recent surge in prospective volunteers; and more. []

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Duncan Strauss is the producer-host of “Talking Animals,” which he launched at KUCI in California in 2003, combining his passions for animals, radio, journalism, music and comedy. The show has aired since late 2005 on Tampa’s WMNF. Strauss lives in Jupiter Farms, FL with his family, including four cats, two horses and one dog. He spends each day talking to those animals, and maintains they talk right back to him, an as yet unverified claim.

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