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Humpback Whales: A Detective Story

Nature documentary. Tom Mustill returns to California to find out whether the humpback whale that nearly killed him three years earlier was deliberately trying to hurt him.

On 12 September 2015, a 30-ton humpback whale breached and landed on Tom Mustill and his friend Charlotte Kinloch as they paddled a sea kayak in Monterey Bay, California. Incredibly, both survived the incident, but the near-death experience haunted documentary maker Tom and left him wondering if the whale was deliberately trying to hurt them. To find the answer, Tom returned to California in 2018 to investigate.

Tom meets those who have survived similar hair-raising encounters and the experts who know the whales best. What he discovers raises far bigger questions, not just about what happened that day but also about our relationship with whales and their future alongside us.

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59 minutes

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Credits

Role Contributor
Director Tom Mustill
Editor Sabrina Burnard
Line Producer Cherry Dorrett
Series Editor Roger Webb
Series Producer Holly Spearing
Production Company Gripping Films Limited

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