One Cool Thing: And the Emmy Goes to…Secrets of the Whales!

Image: NPS / Kaitlin Thoreson, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

You may remember our special Earth Day interview with Friend of the Planet, Brian Skerry. Well, he’s in the news again, but this time for working on the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Secrets of the Whales. The four-part series explores the complex lives of five whale species, including orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals, and sperm whales.

 

“As an underwater photographer, we don’t have the luxury that our terrestrial counterparts do…We can only stay underwater as long as the air supply on our back will last,” Skerry said of the filming process. “In the three years of filming ‘Secrets of the Whales,’ that’s all free diving, just snorkeling or breath-hold diving. So…you need to get within a few meters of your subject…I’ve been amazed at how these animals are curious. They have to let me into their world in order to make these pictures in order to tell these stories.” Viewers can watch the docu-series in full on the Disney+.

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