National Geographic’s epic, revealing and emotional Secrets of the Whales is what you get when immersed in the secretive world of whales and you see life and love from their perspectives. From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and conservationist James Cameron, SECRETS OF THE WHALES plunges viewers deep within the epicenter of whale culture to experience the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of five different whale species: orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals and sperm whales. Featuring the expansive knowledge and skill of acclaimed National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry, the four-part Earth Day special-event series unveils new science and technology to spotlight whales as they make lifelong friendships, teach clan heritage and traditions to their young, and grieve deeply for the loss of loved ones. Filmed over three years in 24 global locations, throughout this epic journey, we learn that whales are far more complex and more like us than ever imagined. This is a personal story that very few are lucky enough to witness … until now. SECRETS OF THE WHALES is narrated by award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver and scored by French composer Raphaelle Thibaut. Producer Brian Skerry joins us for a conversation on the challenges and rewards of this immersive and groundbreaking journey into the world of sentient beings living in the underwater world where they love and live, just like us.
Along with the release of the SECRETS OF THE WHALES book, a special May ocean issue of National Geographic Magazine will be available online: natgeo.com, dedicated to Earth Day 2021. Lastly, as a companion piece to the book, Skerry is featured in the Disney+ original four-part series, SECRETS OF THE WHALES, from National Geographic which will be premiering on Earth Day -Thursday, April 22, 2021. All four episodes of the Disney + original four-part series are available to stream on April 22. Episode 1: Orca Dynasty – Episode 2: Humpback Song – Episode 3: Beluga Kingdom – Episode 4: Ocean Giants (Sperm Whale)
Never-before-recorded moments include:
First time evidence suggested that Belugas give themselves names, so groups can keep track of each other; baby belugas share their moms’ call signs
First time scientists learned that a baby sperm whale suckled from its mother until they saw this footage.
First time 30,000 humpbacks can be seen charging down the coast of Australia towards Antarctica and use breeches to talk to each other
First time ever a sperm whale calf is recorded feeding
First time cross-species adoption is ever recorded; Beluga pod adopts narwhal as part of the pod
About the filmmaker – Brian Skerry National Geographic photographer and Explorer – is an award-winning photojournalist specializing in marine wildlife and underwater environments. After three decades having spent more than 10,000 hours underwater exploring the world’s oceans, his uniquely-creative images tell stories that not only celebrate the mystery and beauty of the sea, but also help bring attention to the large number of issues that endanger our oceans and its inhabitants. Skerry is credited with capturing the first-ever images of a US president (Barack Obama) swimming underwater, which appeared in the 2017 cover story about protecting US marine ecosystems. He is also an 11-time award winner in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and is the only photographer to win the coveted Peter Benchley Award for Excellence in Media. Brian is an 11-time award winner in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. He has also been recognized with awards from Pictures of the Year International, Nature’s Best, Communication Arts and is the only photographer to win the coveted Peter Benchley Award for Excellence in Media. In 2010 National Geographic magazine named one of Brian’s images among their 50 Greatest Photographs Of All Time and was awarded the 2016 National Geographic Photographer’s Photographer Award, an honor bestowed by his colleagues.