Captain Watson and many of the Sea Shepherd crew will only get to see the first couple of episodes before they will have to head out at the end of November, on the good ship Steve Irwin, on the fifth voyage to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary to defend the great whales.

And Animal Planet will be returning with them for a 2nd Season of Whale Wars as once again the Sea Shepherd crew head south to stop the illegal whaling operations of the Japanese whaling fleet.

Tonight's Episode is titled Needle in a Haystack and opens with the crew of the Steve Irwin searching the vast remote frigid Southern Ocean for the Japanese whaling fleet. Training exercise almost turn into disasters as the green all volunteer crew gain their sea legs and prepare to engage the whalers at the bottom of the world.