Animal Planet has decided to bring back one of its series for another season, TheWrap.com reports. Returning for season five will be "Whale Wars."
"Whale Wars" is one of Animal Planet’s highest-rated series and a critical success as well, having received five Emmy nominations.
The new season, which is already filming, follows Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s ongoing "Operation Divine Wind," a campaign in which the group challenges the Institute of Cetacean Research, a Japanese whaling group.
In season four, the Sea Shepherds took on the ICR, with the Japanese government backing the ICR’s methods of going after the whales with harpoons. Whaling like that has been disallowed since 1986, but the IRC gets around the rules by hunting for research purposes, the story says, citing a report by the Associated Press.