"The Faroe Islands Project" (working title) on Animal Planet is a companion and "spin-off" series to the much-talked about "Whale Wars," this time following the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's campaign to stop the annual pilot whale kill known as "The Grind" in the Danish Protectorate of the Faroe Islands.

In the North Atlantic, between Iceland and Scotland, lays a chain of islands with picturesque beaches and rolling green hills. 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. "Whale Wars: Viking Shores" follows Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as it sets sail to end this ancient tradition known as "The Grind" — Faroese for "whale drive" — that takes place every summer.

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. For this campaign, the Sea Shepherd arsenal has been upgraded with a new ultra-lightweight aircraft and mobile acoustical devices to deter the whales from the islands. The flagship Steve Irwin (captained by Paul Watson) and Brigitte Bardot (captained by Fraser Hall) join the land-sea-air operation to provide backup along the coast. A grind can happen at any moment, and the Sea Shepherds are vastly outnumbered and behind enemy lines in a new kind of face-to-face battle.

The Faroese have a long-standing history with Paul Watson, who's been protesting "The Grind" since 1986. The locals know him as "the enemy" and consider his views and actions dangerous. With over 20 killing beaches spread across 18 islands, stopping this hunt isn't easy as the Sea Shepherds encounter a determined foe that is far from faceless.

Whaling in the Faroe Islands has been practiced since the time of the first Norse settlements on the islands. The Faroese have legally hunted and used the non-endangered whales as a food source for over a thousand years. During the grind season,locals use boats to drive as many as a thousand whales towards the island's rocky shores, where locals wait to kill them with knives, staining the sea red with blood.

"Whale Wars: Viking Shores" is produced by The Lizard Trading Company for Animal Planet. Liz Bronstein is the executive producer for The Lizard Trading Company, and Lisa Lucas is the executive producer for Animal Planet.

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Network: Animal Planet
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: April 27, 2012
Seasons: 1
Production Company: The Lizard Trading Company

'Whale Wars' Season 5: Sea Battle Rages On — Premiering Friday, June 1, the new season sees the Sea Shepherds unleashing a powerful arsenal of improved strategy and tactics and introducing new crew members to stave off Japanese whalers in "Operation Divine Wind." Read more...
'Whale Wars: Viking Shores' Battles to End Killing at Faroe Islands — Premiering Friday, April 27, the spin-off series finds the Sea Shepherd crew patrolling the land, sea and air in "Operation Ferocious Islands" to prevent the annual whale hunt known as "The Grind." Read more...
'Faroe Islands Project' to Be Next Chapter in 'Whale Wars' Saga — The project began filming July 15 and will continue through the end of the Sea Shepherd's "Operation Ferocious Isles" campaign against the annual slaughter of pilot whales known as "The Grind." Read more...

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