Secrets of the Whales- Orca Dynasty

An orca poses with its quarry for National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry. The New Zealand population of whales are the only known members in the world to pursue stingrays on the seabed. (National Geographic/Kina Scollay)


From executive producer and National Geographic Explorer James Cameron and narrated by Sigourney Weaver, Secret of the Whales follows National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry as he ventures into the world of whales to reveal life and love from their perspective. The first episode of this four-part original series - Orca Dynasty - tells the story of five powerful orca matriarchs across the globe that are passing down their family hunting traditions to the next generation.

  • Director: Brian Armstrong, Andy Mitchell

  • Producers: James Cameron, Maria Wilhelm, Brian Armstrong, Shannon Malone-deBenedictis, and Pamela Caragol

  • Produced by Red Rock Films for National Geographic on Disney+

  • Duration: 48min 30sec

  • Category: Rising from the Depths

  • US

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IWFF 2021 Final Judge Janet Han Vissering, senior vice president of development and production at National Geographic Wild will visit with the Secret of the Whales team. The team outlines pivotal moments, working with James Cameron and how the project began and evolved. Janet chats with Red Rock Films team members Brian Armstrong, and Shannon Malone-DeBenedictis, while Pam Caragol from National Geographic Wild adds her own expertise.