While the start to Animal Planet's "Whale Wars" series has generally coincided with the beginning of summer, fans of the show are getting an early treat this year in the form of the new spin-off: "Whale Wars: Viking Shores."
The five one-hour episodes kick off on April 27, taking viewers from the cold waters of the Southern Ocean to the picturesque seaside towns of the Faeroe Islands.
"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."
The cruelty touched upon by Watson, who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, is the violent annual killing of almost 1,000 pilot whales. As they continue to do with the original "Whale Wars," Animal Planet's camera crew will present the Sea Shepherd and their efforts to curb the slaughter.
“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."