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The Operatives is a reality television series that takes you deep into nature. The story centers on Pete Bethune and his team of highly trained elite commandos that make it their mission to expose the environmental criminals that are destroying our world. Pete Bethune hand picks his elite team and they are equipped with the most sophisticated and technologically advance equipment to travel the world into missions which are life threatening. This team will go to any lengths to protect the world from these criminals.

Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on pivot
1 Season, 18 Episodes
August 17, 2014
Documentary & Biography, Drama, Travel
8.3/10
Cast: Captain Pete Bethune, Matt Griffin, Bryce Mahoney, Charissa Moen
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  • The Operatives target alleged illegal foreign fishing vessels suspected of pillaging reefs in the South China Sea, while Nicola travels to Hong Kong to explore the daily catch at one of the city's largest fish markets.

  • The Operatives go to a distant island on a covert mission to see wild tigers, and Nicola gets to see them when she heads to an organization in India that is trying to fix the human-tiger problem.

  • The Operatives set out on a covert night mission to bust alleged illegal fishermen using highly destructive cyanide fishing methods in the Philippines, while Nicola learns how marine rangers protect the pristine Tubbataha Reef in the Sulu Sea.

  • The Operatives conceive a sting operation of an establishment suspected of buying pangolins, the most unlawfully trafficked species in the world.

  • The Operatives rely on their military reconnaissance training for this potentially risky mission targeting a suspected Asian crime syndicate the authorities believe is illegally trading wildlife and contributing to some species' extinction.

  • The Operatives travel to Indonesia's Leuser National Park to track down suspected illegal poachers who are thought to be contributing to the decline of the critically endangered Sumatran Rhino population.

  • The team learns of a dolphin that was captured and held illegally in an Island Resort in Asia. They decide the break the dolphin out and release it, but the mission seems destined to fail.

  • The conclusion in Indonesia. The team confronts the alleged illegal loggers.

  • The Operatives head to Sumatra, Indonesia to uncover a possible illegal logging businesses that ruin protected forests. The team goes up against the criminal loggers in one of the most secluded jungles on earth, equipped with only a camera.

  • In the Season 2 premiere, The Operatives take on alleged illegal turtle traders in the Philippines. The team raids a local property with authorities after receiving a tip that critically endangered turtles are being stored on site.

  • The Operatives track illegal shark finning vessels out to Cocos Island. After 63 hours at sea the Operatives dig deep to rid the area of illegal fishing vessels.

  • The Operatives try to sneak into a dock covered with Taiwanese mafia to tag illegal shark finning vessels.

  • The team makes an effort to sneak into an illegal fishing area in Costa Rica. Pete goes missing at sea.

  • The Operatives are sent to track down the illegal turtle poachers of Costa Rica.

  • Incredibly, after only a small amount of training, Jack manages to complete the Paramotor surveillance mission and locate several potential locations where it looks like illegal mining is happening. With no time to waste, the team split into three groups and repel into the rainforest. Bryce and Matt come up empty handed, but after a second gunfight, Rich and Matt make several more arrests. Pete and Jack spend a night in the Jungle, and on daybreak, finally get to make an arrest, however the Goldminer they find isn't quite what they had in mind.

  • The Operatives' mission is to find the illegal Gold miners who are destroying one of the last pristine rainforests on the planet, Corcovado National park. The illegal miners cause erosion, pollute the rivers with chemicals and kill the endangered wildlife for food. This is one of the most rugged areas of forest on the planet and finding the miners is an unfortunate needle in a haystack' state of affairs. Pete comes up with a plan to locate them from the sky using a crazy flying machine called a paramotor. Jack and Bryce are sent to an airstrip to learn how to fly it, but end up crashing it into a barbed wire fence. At the same time Rich and Matt go on a reconnaissance mission and find themselves in a gunfight.

  • The Operatives attempt to capture the captain of an illegal trawler vessel that was destroying Marine reserve.

  • Jack and Pete sneak into an African diamond mine that's guarded heavily to get footage of the secret Namibian seal clubbing.

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