Secrets of the Whales: Miniseries (2021)


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Secrets of the Whales

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Orcas across the globe use unique strategies to stayon top of the food chain. Patagonia's whales catch sea lions off the beach, New Zealand's orcas root out hidden stingrays, and Norway's sea giants master the tail slap. Witness five powerful orca matriarchs pass down their family hunting traditions to the next generation, preserving their way of life before the customs are lost forever.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

In a classroom that spans the world's oceans, from Alaska's herring-rich coastline to Antarctica's feeding grounds, humpback calves learn their family's traditions. Cooperative hunting strategies, the longest migrations of any known mammal and communicating through complex songs to find a mate are all lessons absorbed by the younger generation.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

Beluga whales share their northern kingdom in Greenland with a mysterious cousin: the narwhal. Both species begin a thrilling adventure through a maze of sea ice to their ancestral summering grounds in the Canadian Arctic. Even though they follow ancient migration routes, trouble lurks around every corner. From freezing environments to fierce predators, only their shared knowledge and power of family can get them through safely.

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Air date: Apr 22, 2021

On an epic journey that spans the world's oceans in Dominica, the Azores and Sri Lanka, witness the complex culture of the gentle giants. Relying solely on the next generation's ability to learn their intricate ways, family culture and secrets, the sperm whales' future rests upon its youngest members.

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"Secrets of the Whales," from National Geographic, 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. Filmed over three years in 24 locations, throughout this epic journey, we learn that whales are far more complex and more like us than ever imagined.

Cast & Crew

Maria Wilhelm
Executive Producer
Shannon Malone-DeBenedictis
Executive Producer
Brian Skerry
Executive Producer
Brian Armstrong
Executive Producer
James Cameron
Executive Producer

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Critic Reviews for Secrets of the Whales Miniseries

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

Amazing footage shows not just how the sea mammals look, but how they live...

Apr 23, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The show's impact has, needless to say, everything to do with Brian Skerry's impossibly intimate photography of these creatures.

Apr 16, 2021 | Full Review…

fantastic nature documentaries

Apr 30, 2021 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Nature-doc lovers will eat this stuff up.

Apr 23, 2021 | Full Review…

There's a formula to this style of "edutainment" that's comforting but also a bit frustrating at times, as the whole show could benefit from a fresher approach.

Apr 21, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

A remarkable look into the world of whales - beyond fascinating.

Apr 20, 2021 | Full Review…

The bottom line in watching this breathtaking documentary is simple -- words alone cannot do it justice.

Apr 20, 2021 | Full Review…

With its stupendous footage, Secrets of the Whales is educational and you just might fall in love with these majestic creatures.

Apr 20, 2021 | Full Review…

Poetic...a singularly impressive nature doc series, on a par with the best of the BBC and Disney Nature.

Apr 19, 2021 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The four-part series shot in 24 locations around the world, is astonishing.

Apr 16, 2021 | Full Review…

While unlikely that it would ever approximate the excellence of the 2001 BBC series, "The Blue Planet," it would have been a worthy goal to try.

Apr 15, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Secrets of the Whales: Miniseries

  • 4d ago
    This show will blow your mind. This while change the way you think about whales and the ocean as a whole completely.
  • May 04, 2021
    Pretty hard to get excited about a nature series that begins with a lie. Orcas are not whales. Let me say it again: ORCAS ARE NOT WHALES. They are the largest member of the Dolphin family. The fact that they are nicknamed "Killer Whale," doesn't make them a whale. Any child who ever watches "Wild Kratts" knows this; any producer, director, writer, or photographer involved in an educational nature series SHOULD know this. The first episode in the series made me distrust any further information offered in the rest of the series. Disney, Brian Skerry, the producers, and director failed us this time. Watch it for the photography if you wish--that part is beautiful--but get your scientific information elsewhere. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/killer-whale

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