This weekend, Animal Planet is airing perhaps the single-largest array of ocean activism programming every to grace a network.
It all kicks off this evening at 9PM with the season finale of Whale Wars. Not only will we get to witness what truly went on leading up to Pete Bethune’s dangerous nighttime boarding of a Japanese whaling vessel, but we’ll also get to hear first-hand his experiences while detained in Japan. The 45-year-old former captain of the Ady Gil will be the subject of a one-hour special directly after the Sea Shepherd’s third season on Animal Planet concludes.
But don’t go to bed just yet. At 11PM, the new mini-series Blood Dolphins premieres — taking viewers back to Taiji, Japan, site of the annual dolphin slaughter featured in the Academy Award-winning film The Cove. Activists Ric O’Barry and his son Lincoln attempt to find out if the film has caused anything to change in Taiji — with both hope and despair constantly trading places throughout the first episode. As someone who has seen an early cut of Blood Dolphins, I can guarantee you’ll be sucked in quickly.
And finally, after catching up on all the lost sleep from Friday, Animal Planet will have the network television premiere of The Cove on Sunday at 9PM. One only need read a few of the reviews, and take note of its 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes to see why this film has received so much praise. A must-see.
And on that note — have a wonderful weekend! Check out a clip from Blood Dolphins after the jump below.