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Whale with Steve Backshall: Ocean Hunters (Sky Nature Sunday 10 December 2023)

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Whale with Steve Backshall

Whale with Steve Backshall: Ocean Hunters airs Sunday 10 December 2023 on Sky Nature

What can we expect from this episode

The most formidable predators on Earth, whales, have their cunning hunting techniques laid bare by Steve Backshall.

The common belief that whales simply swim around with their jaws hanging open is unfounded. The exceptional hunting abilities, coordination, intelligence, and acuity displayed by all whales and dolphins allow them to capture their prey with ease. As they hunt, Steve immerses himself in their world to learn what makes them the top predators in the ocean. An incredible encounter with the most intelligent whale in the ocean, an orca, sets the stage for a journey that unveils the incredible skills of these predators.

Steve encounters highly perceptive Bottlenose Dolphins in the Bahamas, who can use sound to navigate through sand, and approaches massive Sei Whales in the Azores as they dive for baitballs caught by dolphins. Their tactics for hunting are as varied as the creatures they hunt, which range from the largest known whale to the peculiar Boto dolphins that hunt piranha in the flooded Amazonian forests.

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Steve braves the frigid Norwegian Arctic waters to learn how these crafty fisherman are utilising humans as bait. But as their world and ours begin to merge, Steve wonders what we can do to safeguard them from bycatch, entanglement, and pollution caused by these different tactics.

Whale with Steve Backshall follows Steve as he embarks on a voyage of discovery into the most iconic, yet threatened, whales and dolphins across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Together with world-leading scientists and conservationists, Steve will reveal what can be done to ensure their survival. 

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When can we see the episode

Whale with Steve Backshall: Ocean Hunters airs Sunday 10 December 2023 at 21:00 on Sky Nature

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Featured image credit: Sky Nature


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