Fellowship of the Whales

About

In Hawaii, where new land is born as volcanic rock, another birth takes place. A baby humpback enters the world and joins the 3,000 or more whales that congregate in the warm waters off Hawaii each winter to mate and give birth. This is the story of her first year of life. Over twelve months she will learn many skills from her mother, and eventually they will make the several-thousand-mile journey together to Alaska’s southeast coast.

Humpbacks travel between Hawaii and Alaska every year, guided by their internal compass. The krill-rich waters of Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago are the whales’ summer feeding grounds, an environment very different from the calving grounds they have left behind in Hawaii. Here, more than the water temperature changes, the behavior of the whales changes, as well. While fiercely competitive in the breeding season in Hawaii, fighting for mates and protecting young, the opposite is true in Alaska. Whales cooperate, working in teams to gather food in the most efficient way possible. When the summer ends and the food is gone, mother and baby will head back to Hawaii again.

The young humpback calf has only a year to learn the subtleties of whale society before she is left by her mother to continue her education on her own, learning from observation and experience. It’s an incredible journey between two strikingly different environments that reveals the true complexity of the fellowship of the whales.

NATURE’s Fellowship of the Whales premieres Sunday, November 15 at 8pm (check local listings).

Photo © 2008 (Peggy Stap / Hawaii Whale Research Foundation) under NMFS Research Permit No. 587-1767-01

Production Credits Print

Narrated By
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

Director
ROSS ISAACS

Writer
MICHAEL BRIGHT

Editor
ANDY NETLEY

Director of Photography
BILL HOLSHEVNIKOFF

Photography
ROSS ISAACS
MARTY ZIMMERMAN
KEN GARFF
MICK KALBER
CINDY ERDMAN

Underwater Director of Photography
ROSS ISAACS

Aerials Director of Photography
STAN ESECSON

Aerial Camera Operators
CARSTON BELL
DOUG HOLGATE

Helicopter Pilots
PAUL MORRIS, HAWAII
MITCH HORTON, ALASKA

Location Sound
SHAWN BAKER
GREG CURDA

Music Composed & Performed By
BARNABY TAYLOR
WILLIAM GOODCHILD

Sound Design
KATE HOPKINS

Sound Mix
WOUNDED BUFFALO

Production Manager
SACHA GREGSON

Post Production
FILMS AT 59, BRISTOL
YNR MARKETING

Digital Assembly / Color Grade
KEN GARF
IN24P CREATIVE

Graphics
JON DIXON
BURRELL DURRANT HIFLE

Online Supervisor
JOE PRUTCH

Online Assistants
ESTEBAN POSADA
VICTORIA GRIMSLEY
CAROLINA GREEN

Cultural Advisors
CLIFFORD NAE’OLE
DANNY AKAKA

Whale Sounds Courtesy of
HAWAII WHALE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
ALASKA WHALE FOUNDATION
INTERSEA FOUNDATION

Special Thanks to
DR. DAN R. SALDEN, HAWAII WHALE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
JILL MICKELSEN, HAWAII WHALE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
CYNTHIA D’VINCENT, INTERSEA FOUNDATION
DR. FRED SHARPE, ALASKA WHALE FOUNDATION
DR. SEAN HANSER, ALASKA WHALE FOUNDATION, SETI INSTITUTE, UC DAVIS
DR. ADAM PACK, KEWALO BASIN MARINE MAMMAL LABORATORY
DENNIS & TONI ROGERS, ALASKA SEA ADVENTURES
HAWAIIAN ISLANDS HUMPBACK WHALE NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY
BECK STRAUSSNER
PEGGY STAP
PETER WOLFORD
ADAM QUINN
JEFF KALBACH
ATLANTIS SUBMARINES, MAUI
SPIRIT OF LAHAINA, MAUI
TRILOGY, MAUI
MARK COX & TARGA MAN

THE FILMING OF WHALES & DOLPHINS IN HAWAIIAN AND ALASKAN WATERS WAS DONE UNDER NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICES (NMFS) PERMIT # 587-1472-00, #587-1767-00 AND #587-1767-01 ISSUED TO DR DAN R. SALDEN / HAWAII WHALE RESEARCH FOUNDATION

In Memory of
BERNARD “BOIX” NATHANSON

Producers
STAN ESECSON
ROSS ISAACS
MICHELLE ADDINGTON

Executive Producer
STAN ESECSON

ABC Commissioning Editor
DIONE GILMOUR

Co-Financed by
THE PACIFIC FILM AND TELEVISION COMMISSION

Produced in Association with
THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION

Produced by Ocean Planet Images and YNR Marketing

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Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Senior Producer
LAURA METZGER

Producers
JILL CLARKE
IRENE HESS

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Production Assistant
JAYNE JUN

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Audio Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

HD Online Editor
PATRICK KRASS

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive in Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

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Web Credits

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TANNER VEA

Production Assistance
CHIE WITT

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JOY WEEENG

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Director of Digital Strategy
DAVID HIRMES

Senior Director
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Writer
CHRISTOPHER WADE