Animal Planet Announces Spin-Off For Popular 'Whale Wars' Series

New series heads for the remote Faroe Islands.
Slaughtered whales are pictured in the town of Hvalvik.
Jul 26, 2011
Exec. Prod. of Franchises & Series. He previously reported for HuffPost, L.A. Daily Journal, and Biloxi Sun-Herald.

Attention Faroe Islanders: The Sea Shepherds are coming. And they're bringing TV cameras with them. 

Animal Planet announced a new spin-off series to the popular Whale Wars show, which follows the crew from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as they fight to end whaling around the world. 

The new series, tentatively titled The Faroe Islands Project, will take the activists to the far northern archipelago in the Norwegian Sea, where an estimated 1,000 long-finned pilot whales are corralled into coves each year and killed.

“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,” Marjorie Kaplan, president of Animal Planet Media, said in a statement. “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 to be there to document every moment.”

Whaling has been practiced in the Faroe Islands since at least the 16th century. Supporters claim whaling is an important part of Faroe Islands culture and tradition. 

Filming began on July 15, but no airdate has been set. 

The Sea Shepherd crew has already run into a bit of trouble, with their flagship, the Steve Irwin, being seized in a dispute with Maltese bluefin tuna fishermen. The Sea Shepherds may be forced to sell the boat as part of the dispute. 

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