Killers in Eden

About

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

Television Credit

Produced and Written by
KLAUS TOFT

Principal Photography by
KLAUS TOFT
RORY MCGUINNESS ACS
DAVID PARER ACS

Music
RICKY EDWARDS

Editing
PAUL CANTWELL
KEN SALLOWS
KLAUS TOFT

Computer Visual Effects
GREG McKEE
ALISTER FERGUSON
DEAN ERVIK
MARK KENNEDY
MARK ROBINSON
DAN MAVRIC
NICK HILLIGOSS
JEREMY FISHER

Location Creature Effects
GREG McKEE
TIM SHEPPARD
MEL MILAMOVIC
NICK HILLIGOSS

Camera Assistant|
CAMERON DAVIES

Dive Coordinators
CHE McGUINNESS
MILES PETTY

Location Sound
KLAUS TOFT
CAMERON DAVIES
ELIZABETH PARER-COOK
ROGER PAYNE

Additional Photography
NANCY BLACK
PETER THOMPSON
GIL ARBEL
PIERRE RAKUS
MALCOLM LUDGATE
RICHARD TODD
NATURAL HISTORY
NEW ZEALAND LIMITED

"Siege Of The South"

Footage Provided By
SCREENSOUND AUSTRALIA

Additional Music
GEORGE ROYTER
BOB ROBERTS
KIM BASTON

Production Coordinators
AMANDA WRAY
ESTHER RODEWALD

Production Assistants
CAMERON DAVIES
ROBERT HAYWARD

Set Design
RUDY JOOSTEN

Studio Assistant
EDDIE STRONG

Archives
CLARE CREMIN
JENNY GIBSON
ANNETTE COOPER

Sound Mixing
MARK STREET

Sound Editing
MARK STREET
LYNNE BUTLER
IAN BATTERSBY

Colourist
JUDE FINLAYSON

On-line Editors
RONNIE OLIVER
ALAN RYAN
DAVID HUTCHINSON

Production Manager
SACHA GREGSON

With Special Thanks to:
GREG McKEE
DANIELLE CLODE
ALICE OTTEN
ELSIE SEVERS
DOUGLAS IRELAND
BILL BLAXTER
MARGARET BROOKS
JOHN POHL

Yuin Dancer
WARREN FOSTER

Thanks Also to:
Robert Hayward
Lee Cruse
Osley Harrison
Frank Davey
Christian Cole
Stuart Manson
Jim McGrath
Leon Laragy
Amanda Wray
Peter Severs
Jared & Izak Graham-Higgs
Joe Walker
Sam Foley
Andy Edwards
Rafiq Copeland
Peter Koval
Madeleine Toft
Natalie Toft
Pambula Surf Lifesaving Club
Tom & Florrie Bobbin
Rene & Fay Davidson
Sgt. James Hinkley, Eden Water Police
Ossie Cruse
Eileen & Daniel Morgan
Mary Mitchell
Tom Mead
John Bradshaw
Trevor Close
Bob Daly
Fritz and Jenny Drenkhahn
Wendy Noble
Marjorie Ireland
Jim McCormack
Michael Lucas
Kevin & Garry Warren
Simon Watt
Bruce Permezel
Soren Toft
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
National Library of Australia
Eden Killer Whale Museum
Edrom Lodge
State Library of NSW, Sydney
National Gallery of Australia
Museum Victoria
State Library of Victoria

Executive Producer for Granada International
MARK REYNOLDS

Executive Producer
DIONE GILMOUR

A Production of ABC Australia in association with Granada International

© 2004 Australian Broadcasting Corporation

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
JILL CLARKE
PATTY JACOBSON

Associate Producers
IRENE TEJARATCHI
GIANNA SAVOIE

Production Secretary
RACHAEL TEEL

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

On-line Editor
BRUNO PELLEGRINI

Narrated by
PAUL CHRISTIE

Sound Mixer
BRIAN BEATRICE

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive in Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

This program was produced by ABC Australia, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2005 Educational Broadcasting Corporation

All Rights Reserved

Web Credits

Director of Production
DANIEL B. GREENBERG

Producer
TANNER VEA

Production Assistant
DANIEL ROSS

Writer
DAVID MALAKOFF

Designer
MICHAEL DIMAURO

Creative Director
NICK MILLER

Pagebuilding
BRIAN SANTALONE

Technical Director
BRIAN LEE

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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