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'Whale Wars' Spin-Off Coming To Animal Planet

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All signs pointed to this development earlier this summer and now Animal Planet has gone and made it official: “Whale Wars” is getting a spin-off series.

The cable network, obviously eager to expand one of its longest-running hit series, will focus on the Sea Shepherd’s efforts to to stop an annual whale hunt known as “The Grind” in the Faroes Islands. The Lizard Trading Company, which produces the series for Animal Planet, started filming for the tentatively titled “Faroe Island Project” back on July 15th.

As the press release notes, the Sea Shepherd’s Faroes campaign has gotten off to a rocky start with the detainment of their ship, the Steve Irwin, in the nearby Shetland Islands. A Scottish court is holding the ship due to a claim filed by a Maltese company over a 2010 incident -saying the conservation org caused sustained damage when they freed hundreds of bluefin tuna from the company’s nets off the coast of Libya.

Sea Shepherd say they need $1.4 million to release the Irwin or face its permanent seizure.

“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,” notes 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.”

The network has yet officially announce a release date or number of episodes for the new spin-off.

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  • irvinesbest

    I had the opportunity to see the premiere episode of this new series. It was nothing short of EXCELLENT. For viewers of “Whale Wars,” imagine all the tension, suspense, and drama witnessed in each season of that series and multiply it by 100. Without giving too much away, I’ll just point out this major difference. In “Whale Wars,” the perception is that the Sea Shepherd members are doing battle against these huge whaling ships while the Japanese whalers themselves are merely “bodies” without the human element. In this series, however, that’s all changed. There are now faces and personalities which represent the opposition. And that leads to some very intense confrontations. I can’t wait for this series to begin (I just hope I don’t have to wait until June!).


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