Invasion of the Killer Whales

About

A shift of power is taking place at the top of the world. The Arctic is undergoing a dramatic change, and with this change one iconic Arctic hunter may soon have to give way to another as solid ice turns to open sea. The polar bear, once king of the North, needs ice to stalk its prey. Killer whales, or orca, on the other hand, are unable to hunt in an ocean locked in ice. As the ice increasingly disappears, the tables have turned. Polar bears are struggling to survive while the now open ocean provides bountiful new hunting grounds for the whales. There appears to be no stopping these voracious predators, whose fearsome presence has been formerly unknown so far north in Canadian waters. Hunters and hunted in this once frozen world must now make way for the arrival of the most successful ocean predator of them all.

Invasion of the Killer Whales presents information gathered by research scientists and a film crew documenting the movements and behavior of the Arctic killer whales and their impact on predator and prey. Augmenting their work are reports and reflections provided by Inuit hunters, who have long had first-hand experience with polar bears and the prey animals polar bears once survived on – seals, narwhal, belugas and bowhead whales – which are longtime food sources for the Inuit, as well.

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INVASION OF THE KILLER WHALES

NARRATED BY
TOBY LEONARD MOORE

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY
BEN WALLIS

PRODUCER
BRIAN LEITH

CINEMATOGRAPHY
JUSTIN MAGUIRE
SHANE MOORE

ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY
KIERAN O’DONOVAN
JEFF TURNER

EDITORS
ALEX BOYLE
TIM COOPE

MUSIC COMPOSED BY
SIMON ASHDOWN

SOUND EDITORS
IAN BOWN
JAMES BURCHILL

SOUND MIXER
RICHARD LAMBERT

GRAPHIC DESIGN
MICK CONNAIRE

COLORIST
TONY OSBORNE

ONLINE EDITOR
ADRIAN RIGBY

POST PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
BRIDGET BLYTHE

ARCHIVE
BBC MOTION GALLERY/GETTY IMAGES
FOOTAGE SEARCH INC.
FRAMEPOOL
INUARAK OUTFITTING
THOMAS LENNARTZ
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE
JOHN SHIER

SPECIAL THANKS
STEVE FERGUSON
NATALIE REINHART
CORY MATTHEWS
ALAIN LAGACE
GEOFF GREEN AND THE CREW OF THE ARCTIC TERN
CANADIAN HYDROGRAPHIC SERVICE
HUNTERS AND TRAPPERS ASSOCIATION OF POND INLET, ARCTIC BAY AND PANGNIRTUNG
OUTI TERVO
BERNARD LEBLANC
NOAH MOSESEE
DAMIEN QAUNAQ
MORGAN ARNAKALLAK
NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER SCIENTIFIC VISUALIZATION

RESEARCHER
ELISABETH OAKHAM

ARCHIVE RESEARCHER
LAWRENCE BREEN

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
EMMA FRASER

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
NIKKI MELTON

PRODUCTION MANAGER
JULIE RICHARDSON

LINE PRODUCER
WOLFGANG KNÖPFLER

UNIT MANAGER
DINAH CZEZIK-MÜLLER

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS FOR TMFS
IVO FILATSCH
SABINE HOLZER

FOR NATURE

SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON

SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING
COLIN SCHOENBERGER

WEB PRODUCER
ERIC R. OLSON

SENIOR PUBLICIST
JOHANNA BAKER

BUDGET CONTROLLER
KAREN FEIGENBAUM

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

ONLINE EDITOR
PATRICK KRASS

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

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