For one of my milestone birthdays, girlfriends treated me to a day of whale watching here in Southern California. What I didn’t anticipate was the whales would do more watching of me than vice versa. Seems like my sea legs decided to expire for the particular day and I saw more of the ocean than these beautiful creatures and their balletic aquatic duets amongst one another.
Well, just in time for Earth Day, Disney Plus bring us an epic, revealing and emotional peak into the secretive world of whales from their perspectives. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and conservationist James Cameron, Secrets of the Whales plunges viewers deep into the epicenter of whale culture, as we experience their amazing communication skills. Audiences become privy to the intricate social norms of five different whale species made up of orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals and sperm whales through the expansive knowledge and skill of acclaimed National Geographic Explorer/Photographer Brian Skerry. This four-part Disney Plus docu-series unveils new scientific technology, as whales make lifelong friendships, teach clan traditions to their babies, while witnessing the deep grief for the loss of loved ones.
Narrated by award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver, orchestrations by Raphaelle Thibaut and filmed over three years in 24 global locations, we learn whales are far more complex, yet more human-like than ever imagined. What’s even cooler is Secrets of the Whales provides key first, never before seen moments captured and filmed for posterity like evidence suggesting Belugas give themselves names, so groups can keep track of each other, scientists learned that a baby sperm whale suckles from its mother, 30,000 humpbacks seen charging down the coast of Australia towards Antarctica use breeches in order to communicate to each other and that’s only the beginning.
Whales are such majestic, sensitive creatures and it is utterly fascinating to become educated around every facet of their existence through the magic of cinema. A feat that National Geographic, Disney and none other than James Cameron excel. Secrets of the Whales is streaming now.