Did Captain Paul Watson just spill the beans about a new “Whale Wars” series in the works over at Animal Planet?
According to the Planet Ocean Alliance forums, Watson said: “We will be filming a new series for Whale Wars on the pilot whale hunt in the Faeroe Islands. Filming this summer.” The update was posted to his personal FB page, but appears to have been taken down.
Of course, a move like this isn’t really a complete surprise. “Whale Wars” is one of the biggest hits on Animal Planet and even before the Sea Shepherd’s dramatic victory over the Japanese whaling fleet earlier this year, a spinoff series chronicling some of the organization’s other annual conflicts seemed likely. The network may be felt a bit of pressure to move ahead with those plans after it became apparent that the Japanese will likely not return next December to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales.
So now, it appears that the Faeroe Islands – where the annual grindadráp hunt takes place – will serve as the backdrop for Season Five of “Whale Wars”. That, or a completely new spinoff under the “Whale Wars” banner.
“We will have crew on the beaches, on the water, under the water, and in the air,” said Captain Watson in an earlier statement. “It is time to blow this horror show out of the water once and for all. The killing is a violation of the Berne Convention and Denmark needs to be brought to task. If the Faeroese are going to enjoy the benefits of the European Union, they need to abide by the laws of the European Union.”
SSCS ships the Steve Irwin and the newly christened interceptor vessel Brigette Bardot will be on the scene; presumably with camera crew onboard. Should a season five really be in the works, we can probably expect it to potentially air during the late winter of 2012 – giving Animal Planet an opportunity to keep interest in “Whale Wars” high year-round.
Season Four of the show premieres this Friday evening at 9PM/ET.