Jolly RogerSet your DVRs! Whale Wars returns to Animal Planet at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Friday, December 13th (check your local listings for subsequent showings). All of Season 6 will be compressed into one dramatic two-hour TV Special, called Whale Wars: A Commander Rises. The program will chronicle the events of Operation Zero Tolerance, the Southern Ocean whale defense campaign led by Sea Shepherd Australia.

As a result of an injunction imposed against Sea Shepherd USA and our founder Paul Watson by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Sea Shepherd USA withdrew from participation in Operation Zero Tolerance, and Captain Watson stepped aside as the captain of the Steve Irwin and the commander of Operation Zero Tolerance – although he stayed aboard the Steve Irwin as an observer during the campaign. To find out more about the injunction, and Sea Shepherd USA’s battle against the Japanese whale poachers in the courts, please read Call to Action: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Legal Defense Fund

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