Whale Wars, Animal Planet’s series following the Antarctic anti-whaling campaigns of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, seems to keep growing in popularity. More viewers are sure to tune in for this year’s season after Operation Divine Wind ended with the whaling fleet heading home early.
Last year, Animal Planet announced that a spinoff of the popular series would be coming. The spinoff would feature Sea Shepherd’s campaign in the Faroe Islands against an annual season of pilot whale slaughters, known as “the Grind.” Now, after reports that some viewers have already seen a preview, Discovery has shared an official premiere date.
According to a press release, Whale Wars: Viking Shores will premiere Friday, April 27 at 8pm ET/PT. The five-part series follows the Sea Shepherds during Operation Ferocious Isles which took place last summer. “The Faroe Islands are a self-governing Danish Territory of 50,000 people – descendants of Vikings, bound by proud tradition who have fished these waters for thousands of years. But there is a dark shadow over this beautiful land. Every year, Faroese people gather to herd pilot whales to their shallow shores to be killed for their meat, which is a food source,” said Discovery’s press release.
However, Sea Shepherd contests the hunters’ claims that the pilot whale meat is a needed food source, citing the high standard of living in the Faroe Islands and the availability of other food. They have also taken photos of many of the pilot whales’ bodies left underwater, and say that the hunters are not killing the whales for meat but mostly for sport and tradition. Sea Shepherd has also documented the slaughter and taken photos of the end results, capturing images of hundreds of dead pilot whales including pregnant females, and babies.
Although Sea Shepherd says they were able to prevent Grinds during their time in the Faroes last year, Discovery says the series will be packed with drama like its Whale Wars predecessor. “With over 20 killing beaches spread across 18 islands, stopping this hunt won’t be easy. For the first time in the history of the Whale Wars saga, the Sea Shepherds are not only at sea but also deploying a covert team to patrol the streets, interact with locals and carry out undercover missions. Each one-hour episode follows the Sea Shepherd’s land-air-sea campaign led by Paul Watson as they try to find the whales before the locals do. A hunt can happen at any moment, and the Sea Shepherds are vastly outnumbered in a new kind of face-to-face battle.”
Do you plan on tuning in to watch another Sea Shepherd campaign?