The relationship between Sea Shepherd and Animal Planet appears to be getting tighter.
With whaling in the Southern Ocean this year still in doubt – which naturally would negate a fifth season of the highly rated “Whale Wars” – the network is showing signs that it’s ready to expand the brand across more than one series. Last week, we received confirmation that a new series, “The Faroe Island Project”, was filming as the Sea Shepherd seek to disrupt pilot whale hunting in the island chain. Now, on the heels of the conservation org’s secret infiltration of Namibia’s seal hunt comes hints of yet another potential series/special.
“We created quite a controversy in Namibia, we can’t disclose what footage we captured, as Animal Planet have exclusive rights to it for the show ‘Seal Wars’, said Steve Roest on Facebook, who led the team into Namibia. “But the suggestion by the Namibian government that we breached their National Security and the fact that they used the navy, army and police to keep this slaughter hidden speaks volumes to the corruption involved.”
Similar to the undercover work utilized in the Academy Award winning documentary “The Cove”, Sea Shepherd members planted hidden camera disguised as rocks close to where the seal culling takes place. Paul Watson told “The Namibian” that after the cameras were in place, Navy vessels appeared, forcing a retreat. “They had to run back to the cars some 5 km away and then drive into the hills.” Namibian authorities later confiscated memory cards found in some of the cameras, saying that the eavesdropping was “a threat to the sovereignty of the country.”
Watson added that the footage they did manage to capture will “be screened internationally on the Animal Planet channel.”
A request for comment from the network was not received.