Remember that "Whale Wars" spin-off I hinted about back in June? Animal Planet has made it official with the announcement of the tentatively titled series "The Faroe Islands Project."
As expected, the show will focus on the Sea Shepherd’s efforts to to stop an annual whale hunt known as “The Grind” in the Faroe Islands. The archipelago is located between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean; a departure for viewers of "Whale Wars" used to seeing more ice than green. Filming started July 15th in conjunction with the conservation org's campaign in the region called "Operation Ferocious Isles" and as pointed out by the release, has already run into difficulties.
"The Steve Irwin has been detained as the vessel has been seized by a British court en route in the nearby Shetland Islands over a conflict with Maltese Bluefin tuna fisherman while the crew from the Brigitte Bardot continues their operations in the Faroe Islands."
The Sea Shepherd are now furiously fundraising the $1.4M needed to pay the Irwin's bond or face losing her permanently.
“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,” notes Marjorie Kaplan, president and general manager of Animal Planet Media. “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 be there to document every moment.”
No release date or episode number has been released, but I bet there will likely be something on Animal Planet later this winter.
For more on "Operation Ferocious Isles," visit the official Sea Shepherd site here.