NATURE’s Killers in Eden examines a remarkable and mysterious partnership between killer whales and whalers.
On the southeast coast of Australia, the town of Eden nestles along the shores of Twofold Bay. It was once a center of Australia’s thriving whaling industry, in part because it lies along the migration path of baleen whales swimming northward from the Antarctic. But residents say Eden’s whalers got some unusual help — from orcas, or killer whales, that patrolled offshore.
Locals such as Elsie Severs and Alice Otten who witnessed the hunts say the orcas took the lead in the hunt, herding larger migrating whales into the bay. Once the whales were confined in the bay, the orcas would then attack their quarry to the point of exhaustion. Human whalers moved in for the final kill — then shared the spoils with the orcas.
Discover this extraordinary story of interspecies cooperation on NATURE’s Killers in Eden.
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Online content for Killers in Eden was originally posted November 2005.
Production Credits Print
Produced and Written by
Principal Photography by
RORY MCGUINNESS ACS
DAVID PARER ACS
Computer Visual Effects
Location Creature Effects
NEW ZEALAND LIMITED
"Siege Of The South"
Footage Provided By
With Special Thanks to:
Thanks Also to:
Jared & Izak Graham-Higgs
Pambula Surf Lifesaving Club
Tom & Florrie Bobbin
Rene & Fay Davidson
Sgt. James Hinkley, Eden Water Police
Eileen & Daniel Morgan
Fritz and Jenny Drenkhahn
Kevin & Garry Warren
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
National Library of Australia
Eden Killer Whale Museum
State Library of NSW, Sydney
National Gallery of Australia
State Library of Victoria
Executive Producer for Granada International
A Production of ABC Australia in association with Granada International
© 2004 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN
Executive in Charge
This program was produced by ABC Australia, which is solely responsible for its content.
© 2005 Educational Broadcasting Corporation
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Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG
Photos for "Overview," "Expert Hunters," "Face to Face With a Killer," and "Resources" © D Parer & E Parer-Cook / AUSCAPE. Photo for "Australia's Whaling Industry" © Rene Davidson. Other photos from "Killers in Eden."
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