The team who made Blue Planet II used a camera with suction cups to capture an intimate family portrait of sperm whales.
The sperm whale is the largest toothed predator on the planet and the master of the open ocean and the team wanted to show how having a tight-knit family is a good way to survive in the ocean.
Sperm - Family - Life - Network - Logistics
Sperm whale family life is a complex social network and the logistics to film it are more than tricky - they live across the world’s seas and can rove for fifty miles or more a day, on many days you would be lucky to even have one encounter.
Finding and staying with a sperm whale family would be the biggest challenge the team needed to solve.
Shane - Gero - Aahrus - University - Whales
Shane Gero of Aahrus University has been studying sperm whales for nearly twenty years in the Caribbean Island of Dominica.
He has been placing data and acoustic tags on them for a long time, so importantly had the experience to help them develop and deploy...