Animal Planet is inviting all viewers to a live discussion after its new mini-series Whale Wars: Viking Shores airs on May 4. The HD video event will be powered by Watchitoo, the video collaboration and streaming technologies company, and will air on Animal Planet’s website and Facebook page.
Participating in the discussion will be Captain Paul Watson, of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Heri Joensen, Faroese native and lead singer of the international band Týr.
Both men are featured the five-part series, which documents Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Operation Ferocious Islands, a campaign to end the Faroese annual whale drive.
According to Animal Planet’s description, this campaign is the first time the Sea Shepherds have used a covert team to interact with locals and carry out undercover missions in addition to the actions out at sea that they’re known for.
Watson has led the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for 30 years, which he founded to lead research, investigation and the enforcement of laws, treaties, resolutions and regulations established to protect marine wildlife and their habitats worldwide.
Joensen does not share Watson’s perspective on the annual whale drive. He is deeply rooted in the traditions of the Faroe Islands, where he was born, and his music draws upon this heritage.
“Watchitoo enables us to extend the debate around whaling onto the web and beyond the show, letting the opposing sides air their opinions to this deeply debated topic,” said Iain Langridge, vice president of AnimalPlanet.com and Petfinder. “This is the first time Whale Wars web fans will get a chance to hear directly from Paul Watson as well as the opposing views of the Faroese people represented by Heri Joensen.”
The product Watchitoo will be providing for the discussion is an embeddable video collaboration platform that allows multiple participants to see and hear one another in real-time, collaborate around any form of rich media, and be viewed by an audience scalable into the thousands.
Whale Wars: Viking Shores – live after show press release
Animal Planet – Whale Wars: Viking Shores
Watchitoo – official site
Animal Planet – official site