Nick Dean

Producer and Director

Cheryl H. Dean, Esq.

Producer and Director 

In 2015, Nick and Cheryl founded Spindrift Images, a documentary production company.  Their previous documentary (Beneath Wallace's Line) has won international recognition and multiple awards.

To date, they have committed over four years traveling to Russia, Ukraine, Slovenia, Dominica, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil and The Austral Islands to film both the people involved, and the whales themselves to bring "The Secret Whales" alive.

Nick's interest in the connection between people and the ocean led him to the story behind "The Secret Whales", which he strongly felt needed to be communicated to a wide audience.  Nick is the past president of the San Diego Underwater Photographic Society and is on the board of the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition.


Cheryl is passionate about biodiversity conservation and wilderness preservation.  Cheryl is the president of the San Diego Undersea Film Exhibition and is a past board member of the San Diego Underwater Photographic Society.

Igor Beliatski

Translator and Russia Production Assistant

Moscow based free lance TV producer, interpreter and website text writer. Igor has experience as a PA manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, a TV producer for Reuters, German TV Sat.1 in Russia and CIS.