The Science of Whales
The latest discoveries about whale behavior and communication and the grave danger posed by new U.S. Navy sonar technology.
Unforgettable footage and extraordinary animation explain the latest information we have of whale behavior. Since the U.S. Navy declassified top secret anti-submarine sonar technology, researchers are making important new discoveries that whales can talk to each other over distances of 1,000 miles and up. Vocalizations provide information about migration routes, underwater obstacles, communication about prey during cooperative feeding, and "songs" for social communication.
Directed by Bo Boudart
Edited by Elizabeth O'Connell
This program shows that whales, like many others creatures sharing this planet with us, have a much more complex social life than we knew.
Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1998
Copyright Date: 1998
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-545-8
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-782-4
"A well-researched and edited film. It is informative, accurate, interesting and visually pleasing...Highly recommended."
Barb Butler, University of Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, MC Journal
"While plentiful footage shows the grandeur of the world's biggest living creatures, the narrative effectively tells the story of these vocal cetaceans and the effect human noises may be having on their songs."
"Featuring truly beautiful videography, excellent computer animation, and enlightening interviews, this tape is highly recommended."
"No matter how much you think you already know about whales, you're bound to learn something from this film, and enjoy every minute of it."
San Jose Mercury News
"Informative, accurate, interesting and visually pleasing...Highly recommended."
www.wondervisions.com (The filmmaker's web site)
Awards and Festivals
CINE Golden Eagle
Best of Festival, Animal Behavior Society Film & Video Festival
Editor's Choice, Science Books & Films
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film Festival
Honorable Mention, EarthVision Environmental Film & Video Festival
Oceans and Coasts