Get ready for some more Sea Shepherd action on Animal Planet.
The conservation organization, which has risen to fame through the network's "Whale Wars" reality series, is getting a new spin-off called "Whale Wars: Viking Shores."
While the original (which will debut its fifth season later this summer) focuses on Sea Shepherd's tactics against Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, this new series will focus on the Faroe Islands and an annual pilot whale slaughter called “the Grind.”
“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.
The Sea Shepherd contest that the killing is not for food, but for sport.
"There is only one thing wrong, only one blemish on this almost perfect society and that is this gross obscenity they call Grindadráp," wrote Capt. Paul Watson last summer
. "It simply has no place in the 21st century, no place in a civilized world. It is offensive to people worldwide. It is cruel, unnecessary, ecologically destructive, and obscene."
Spread over five one-hour episodes, "Viking Shores" will once again find the Sea Shepherd playing a game of cat and mouse with hunters.
“With over 20 killing beaches spread across 18 islands, stopping this hunt won’t be easy," the network says. "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."
"Whale Wars: Viking Shores" premieres on Animal Planet on April 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.