According to recent bit of news from Captain Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, it looks like 2012 will be a banner year for the organization on Animal Planet.
As we’ve already reported, the network green-lit a “Whale Wars” spin-off and filmed the SSCS in action against whaling in the Faeroe Islands this summer. According to Watson, however, (as posted on the Planet Ocean Alliance boards) we can also expect to see two specials aired in 2012 on their efforts in the Mediterranean and the African country of Namibia. It also appears that the Lizard Trading Company, who films the action aboard the SSCS vessels, has substantially beefed up their crew. Watson’s reported full statement below:
“There will be an animal planet film crew on operation divine wind on all three ships. We will be looking at between ten and 12 episodes. There will also be a five episode series on whale wars – the faeroe islands. In addition there will be two sea shepherd episodes on the med tuna campaign and two episodes on the namibian fur seal campaign. In total we are looking at 19 or 21 weekly sea shepherd episodes for 2012. As the show enters its fifth season, whale wars remains the number one watched show on the animal planet network.”
That amount of exposure should bring joy to any Sea Shepherd fan – not to mention an unprecedented opportunity for the conservation org to spread some serious awareness on its many campaigns outside of the Southern Ocean.
As Animal Planet has yet to even announce a fifth season of “Whale Wars”, let alone premiere dates for any of the other specials, we’ll just have to hang tight for their PR machine to make it official. Should this all ring true, expect the Jolly Roger to rule a good chunk of AP programming in 2012!