Animal Planet Readies 'Whale Wars' Spin-Off

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The Discovery-owned network will document the fight to stop controversial whaling operations in the Faroe Islands.

Animal Planet is keeping a fin in the whaling business.

The Discovery-owned cable network is rolling out the tentatively-titled Faroe Islands Project, a spin-off to hit Whale Wars that centers on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s campaign to stop the annual pilot whale kill known as “The Grind.”

The net's cameras will be focused on the Sea Shepherds and their operatives team as they attempt to stop the hunting of an estimated 1,000 long-finned pilot whales that are corralled and killed in the Danish Protectorate of the islands. Among the former are Captain Paul Watson and Peter Hammarstedt as well as vessels Steve Irwin and Brigitte Bardot.

“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,” said Animal Planet Media's president and general manager Marjorie Kaplan. “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."

The series began filming in mid-July, and will continue through the end of the Sea Shepherd’s “Operation Ferocious Isles” campaign. The project, which doesn't yet have an air date, counts The Lizard Trading Company as its production company with Lisa Lucas and Liz Bronstein as executive producers.

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