25 July 2011

Animal Planet announces 'Whale Wars' spin off show

Animal Planet has announced today that there will be a new television show to be aired as a spin-off to the popular and controversial Whale Wars, but this time chronicling the adventures of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the Danish area of the Faroe Islands.

The show, with a working title of The Faroe Islands Project, has already begun filming as the crew headed to the Islands in an attempted to stop the annual pilot whale kill named ‘The Grind,’ and will continue until the end of the campaign dubbed ‘Operation Ferocious Isles.’ The Grind consists of Faroese inhabitants forcing the whales into the shallower waters of coves where they are killed – it is estimated that up to 1,000 of the animals die each year.

‘Operation Ferocious Isles’ is the first time in a decade that the Sea Shepherd members have actively intervened against the hunt. Familiar faces will be appearing on the show, including Captain Paul Watson, Peter Hammarstedt, Chris Aultman and Chad Halstead, who will all be mounting a combined air-sea-land attack from the Steve Irwin and Brigitte Bardot (formerly the Gojira).

“For the last four years, Whale Wars has been riveting television because of the passion of the Sea Shepherds, the risks they take to save the lives of whales, and the magnificent and dangerous beauty of the Southern Ocean,” says Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media. “Now they are once again preparing to put their lives on the line, this time in a lush and unfamiliar corner of northern Europe, where the customs are different and the killing of whales continues. And we plan be there to document every moment.”

Airdates and episode details have yet to be released, stay tuned to TDIV for more information.

Bev Hahler | @redhotvegan
Bev, a vegetarian since she was 14 years old, became more interested in veganism several years ago after studying Agro-business as part of an Ecology degree. She has a gorgeous daughter in second grade who has been a vegetarian her whole life (lucky girl). Follow Bev on her blog and Facebook.

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