Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd team are venturing into new territory in Animal Planet‘s Whale Wars: Viking Shores. On the picturesque Faroe Islands between Iceland and Scotland, every summer the Faroese people participate in “The Grind”: a ritual herding of whales to their shores to be killed by the locals with knives. The whale meat is used for food for the community.
Whaling is a deep-rooted tradition for the Faroese people, who are descendants of Vikings. Though “The Grind” is technically legal, Watson says “Justice takes precedence over the law. No law that [the Faroese] can pass is going to justify what they’re doing to those whales. We have to constantly remind the Faroese that the outside world is watching them.”
For the first time in Whale Wars history, the Sea Shepherd team is taking to the streets, employing undercover observation tactics to learn more about “The Grind.” But, with over 20 killing beaches spread across 18 islands, the team is up against the entire community on their quest to end it.
After the show, Animal Planet, will stream a live discussion between Paul Watson and Faroese native Heri Joensen, powered by Watchitoo. Whale Wars: Viking Shore premieres Friday, April 27, at 9pm ET/PT.