I have always been fascinated by whales. I think they are beautiful, magnificent creatures.
Decades ago, in my youth, my best friend and I took a trip around New England on the spur of the moment. We had no plans, no reservations, and not even a map. We just drove to see where life took us.
During that trip we ended up in northern Massachusetts. When looking for something to while we were there, we came across a pamphlet for a whale watching tour. Since I love whales, I talked my friend into going on the tour.
WOW. Simply WOW. That trip was amazing!
First and foremost, never have grilled cheese for breakfast when you’ll be on a boat for several hours (boy did we get sea sick!). In addition, when you are out in the middle of the ocean for hours, make sure to have sunscreen (we didn’t and the burn we received was horrific).
Despite the negatives from that trip, we had a wonderful time. Not only did we see a massive Basking Shark, but we also saw several whales. They were so close to our ship that it was as if you could reach out and touch them!
I took a lot of pictures that day, but that was long before digital cameras. I have no idea where the photos went. It’s a shame too because I captured some incredible shots of the gorgeous creatures as they surfaced the ocean near our boat, and splashed around as if they were putting on a show.
I have been wanting to go whale watching again. I’ve been trying to talk my husband into it for years, but he gets sea sick and the idea of being out in the middle of the ocean freaks him out. Sigh…
There is a new documentary series that will be airing on Disney+ starting April 22, 2021 called Secrets of the Whales. The Disney+ original series is from National Geographic. The three-year project will also be featured in the new National Geographic book Secrets of the Whales, on sale April 6, and the May issue of National Geographic magazine, The Ocean Issue, available online on April 15.
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.
The series is executive produced by James Cameron, Maria Wilhelm, Brian Armstrong and Shannon Malone-deBenedictis.
All four episodes of Secrets of the Whales will start streaming on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2021.
Each episode is roughly around 50 minutes.
I was fortunate to receive a screening link so I could check out all four episodes in advance. Thank you Disney+!
There are four different episodes;
- Orca Dynasty
- Humpback Song
- Beluga Kingdom
- Ocean Giants
Get ready to sail around the globe and see and learn things about whales that you might not have ever experienced before.
Did you know that New Zealand Orca’s know to flip a sling ray upside down to put it to sleep, making it easier to catch?
Did you know that whales have their own dialects and languages? Beluga whales can smile and show facial expressions. Amazing! They even have their own cultures. No two pods are the same.
I can honestly go on and on about the truly amazing facts I learned by watching this series. In addition, the images are breathtaking! Whales are truly magnificent creatures.
When I was preparing to write this post, I literally took notes so that I wouldn’t forget some of the important facts about whales that I wanted to include in my post – their emotions (they feel love and grief), how an Orca tried to share it’s meal with a photographer (seriously!), and how Humpbacks and Orcas are mortal enemies. I had paragraphs worth of interesting facts. However, I didn’t want to give it all away. I want people to discover just how amazing these creatures are for themselves by watching Secrets of Whales.
Even if you don’t find Whales fascinating, you will after watching this special documentary series. The imagery alone will blow your mind. Whales are absolutely beautiful creatures. I’m even more in love with whales after watching Secrets of the Whales.
Look for Secrets of the Whales, which will start airing on April 22, 2021.
Disney+ also has a variety of other Earth Day and educational documentaries worth checking out.
For more information about Disney+, visit DisneyPlus.com.
Do you like whales? Have you ever seen a whale in person? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.
Below is the official trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received free screener links in order to watch this series in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. I also am a subscriber to Disney+.