Last year the Sea Shepherd crew were outdone by the Japanese whalers who upgraded their defenses with netting that covered the whole ship, powerful water cannons and a noise weapon. For the first time the Sea Shepherd's were helpless as whales were harpooned right in front of them. Well Paul Watson is not a man to sit back and take his hits. The Sea Shepherd's have now added a sleek, record holding powerboat with radar deflecting paint to their fleet. The Earthrace can do 40 knots and dive completely under oncoming waves. The 78 foot trimaran will be used to intercept whaling ships and block harpoons. The Steve Irwin has also been upgraded with a reinforced hull and powerful water cannon. The third season of Whale Wars can't come fast enough!