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Whale Wars Season Four Coming June 3rd (Video)

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Animal Planet announced today that season four of its hit reality series “Whale Wars” will hit the network on June 3rd at 9pm.

The show, which averaged over 1.4 million viewers last year, will cover 10 episodes this summer. Like past seasons, it will offer viewers a front row seat for all the drama we reported on back when Operation No Compromise was in full swing from December to February.

It’s interesting to note that season four could mark the beginning of a hiatus for Sea Shepherd on Animal Planet. With the whaling industry failing to meet its quota yet again – and Japan in full rebuilding mode after this year’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, next year’s commercial whaling campaign is in doubt.

“The corporate welfare whale killers will most likely not be able to return to the Southern Ocean in December 2011,” the organization said in a recent press release; adding that should the government once again decide to subsidize the hunt, SSCS will be ready to interfere.

Of course, the Sea Shepherd aren’t likely to simply walk away from a hit television show that’s done wonders for energizing their base and drawing awareness to their cause. Should the whalers be absent next year, you can bet other campaigns will be highlighted under the “Whale Wars” name. Case in point, the organization is already planning on having their upcoming Faeroe Islands campaign filmed – though it’s unclear if the same crew used in the tv series will be involved.

“Whale Wars” season four hits June 3rd at 9PM. Expect promos soon.

[Update: Here’s the new promo!]

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