Sea Shepherd used drones to find Japanese whaling fleet; Whale Wars renewed

Although Sea Shepherd stopped Japanese whaling last year, the country decided to resume whaling this year, using tsunami relief funds to fund additional security, so Sea Shepherd’s boats are back–and that means Animal Planet’s Whale Wars will be back, too.

The network unsurprisingly renewed the series, noting that it is one of its three highest-rated series. This will be its fifth season, and next year, the network will also air a series following Sea Shepherd’s campaign in the Faroe Islands, which I reported on for a future story.

Sea Shepherd’s current Operation Divine Wind has a new weapon: long-range drones, one of which was donated by New Jersey’s Bayshore Recycling Corp. A drone found the whaling fleet on Christmas Eve, according to a Sea Shepherd press release, which said the Steve Irwin “deployed a drone to successfully locate and photograph the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru on December 24th. Once the pursuit began, three Japanese harpoon/security ships moved in on the Steve Irwin to shield the Nisshin Maru to allow it to escape.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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