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Killer Whales: Beneath the Surface

Episode 9 of 10

Documentary revealing the social, intelligent side of the killer whale - a creature long feared as a sea monster until it was studied in captivity for the first time.

The killer whale was long feared as a sea monster until, in May 1964, one was brought into captivity for the first time. This spawned a journey of discovery into the killer whale's true nature.

It quickly became clear, these were not mindless killers - they were, in fact, highly intelligent social creatures. Today, our understanding is deepening still further and the latest revelations are among the most sensational - not only will these top predators 'adopt' and care for injured and abandoned orphans, but it seems there's no longer just the 'killer whale'.

59 minutes


Role Contributor
Producer Bill Markham
Director Bill Markham
Executive Producer Chris Cole
Series Producer Roger Webb
Narrator Alec Newman


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