Ocean Warrior by Paul Watson

Subtitled “My Battle to End the Illegal Slaughter on the High Seas”, Watson’s second autobiography picks up at the end of his first autobiography and ushers to reader into his criminal trail in Canada in 1995. During this time, he photographed a secret whale processing planet in the former Soviet Union, cut long line/drift nets used by Japanese fishermen, sunk two whaling ships in Reykjavik, and drove Cuban fishermen out of Canadian waters in order to protect the depleted cod stock.

My opinion of Watson’s autobiography has waved in light of being forced to put it aside when midterms came around. I appreciated his candor, his ability to go out and do what he believes is right without a care what others think. The book also provided a lot of fodder for my research paper on the subject; there are so many quotes and situations I cannot wait to analyze at length.

Watson is his own biggest fan, however. His self-aggrandizing takes on a particularly malicious turn as he rips apart anyone and everyone — a crew member who wears a piece of jewelry Watson finds distasteful, a reporter who asks him a question he does not like, another environmental movement. Watson is the captain of this ship and this movement. There is no room for actors whom Watson does not like. I ended the book feeling as those the whales are not mine as a citizen of Earth but rather Watson’s and, if I’m good enough, I will be allowed to watch them in the wild. Not exactly a feeling that will motivate readers into action.

Book Mentioned:

  • Watson, (Captain) Paul. Ocean Warrior: My Battle to End the Illegal Slaughter on the High Seas. Toronto: Key Porter Books, 1994. Print. 264 pgs. ISBN: 1550135996. Source: Library.
Book Cover © Key Porter Books. Retrieved: March 2, 2012.
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