South Pacific Humpback Whales

Humpback whale populations in the Southern Ocean were particularly hard hit both by early legal whaling and later Soviet illegal whaling. From the beginning of filming "The Secret Whales" we knew we needed to show humpbacks (and other whales) in their natural environment. The Austral Islands of French Polynesia where the following were filmed are a wonderful place to capture humpback behavior. Fortunately, these whale populations beginning to recover from the slaughter of the last century.