Brian Skerry Talks About Whales Having Rich Cultures In Secrets Of The Whales [Exclusive Interview]

National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry spent three years documenting the cultural lives of whales. (National Geographic for Disney+/Andrew Mitchell)

In celebration of Earth Day, Brian Skerry brings us the new Secrets of the WhalesSkerry is the creator of the new four part series narrated by the award winning-actress Sigourney Weaver

The Synopsis 

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.

Secrets Of The Whales
Up to 26 long teeth line the sperm whale’s lower jaw. Each one can weigh as much as 2lbs. (National Geographic for Disney+/Luis Lamar)

The National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry has been a contributor to the magazine since 1998. He is known for his marine and underwater environment coverage around the world. Skerry is an 11 time award winner for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. 

Secrets Of The Whales
A beluga’s special forehead is called a Òmelon.” It changes shape and orientation, and may help them direct their bio sonar. (National Geographic for Disney+/Peter Kragh)

The photojournalist today is recognized internationally and has had several solo exhibits. Including the two year “Portraits of Planet Ocean” exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Plus others in Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon, Shanghai and Perpignan, France. 

Besides being a National Geographic storyteller he is the author of 12 books. This includes the recent book, Secrets of the Whales paired with the new television series. 

Secrets of the Whales. Images by Brian Skerry.

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I had an exciting conversation with Brian Skerry via Zoom to talk about his creation, Secrets Of The Whales. He shared how the three year project started and how he feels about these beautiful creatures. In addition, to sharing a secret of the whales and the type of whale to be his favorite.

Secrets Of The Whales is now available on Disney+

Make sure to check out the May issue of National Geographic magazine, The Ocean Issue.



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Nancy Tapia

Nancy Tapia has been an interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review Media since 2011. Former UCLA Bruin specializes in Operations Management. Covering entertainment has been an unexpected lively journey. Always open to the next, new experience. From solo traveling to adding a new peak to her personal 100 Hike Challenge. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter @inancytapia

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