08/12/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET
After fighting a tense campaign against whaling ships in the Antarctic, the members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society – the folks behind Animal Planet’s Whale Wars – can find themselves a bit shaky on dry land.
“You are so close to everyone on the ship for three months, they are really your best friends,” says crew member Fiona Cuaig, a deckhand aboard the Bob Barker. “Then when you get onto the land and living a normal life, it is a bit of a shock.”
She isn’t the only one who needs to decompress. Capt. Paul Watson and his crew got together with host Lisa Ling to share their war stories for the aptly titled reunion special, Whale Wars: War Stories, which airs tonight after the Whale Wars finale.
“I have so much admiration for these people, the Sea Shepherds, who risk their lives to save a magnificent species,” Ling tells PEOPLE.