To celebrate what may be the last season of Animal Planet hit series "Whale Wars," the network is throwing together a reunion special to air at the conclusion of season four on Aug. 12. 

The hour-long event will be hosted by journalist (and "View" co-host) Lisa Ling and feature interviews with Capt. Paul Watson and five additional crew members, as well as fan Q&As and best-of and never-before-seen footage. From the release: 

"After an exhilarating, heart-pounding and potentially final season of Animal Planet’s most-watched and talked-about series, WHALE WARS, Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherds are basking in a hard-fought, if not cautious, victory. Hundreds of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary were saved this year by the Sea Shepherds through their direct-action efforts, followed by the unprecedented cancelation of the Japanese whale hunt. But will the whalers return next season as recently suggested in news reports?  Now crew members from Sea Shepherd have the chance to share all details of their unforgettable and undoubtedly rewarding campaign with unfiltered commentary, behind-the-scenes knowledge and viewer questions."

The news reports hinted at in the release are likely based on requests made late last month by Japan's fisheries ministry to have Coast Guard patrol boats guard the whaling fleet next year. This came as a surprise to many who assumed that weak demand for whale meat, coupled with the recent natural disasters in Japan, would lead to the country suspending whaling operations in the Antarctic. 

Nevertheless, Watson says that Sea Shepherd is prepared to engage the whaling fleet should they once again attempt to hunt down under. “We will end whaling in the Southern Ocean,” Watson said in a recent release, “No matter how prolonged the effort, how dangerous the risks, or the sacrifices we need to make. We have pledged our lives and freedom to ending this slaughter, and we will achieve this noble objective, or we will die trying.”

The "Whale Wars" reunion special airs on Animal Planet on Aug. 12 at 10 p.m. 

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Animal Planet announces 'Whale Wars' special
Hour-long event will feature discussions with Capt. Paul Watson and crew, as well as never-before-seen footage.