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  • Nature
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Episode 5: The Woman Who Swims with Killer Whales: Natural World

Summary

New Zealand marine biologist Dr Ingrid Visser does not regard swimming with orcas to be dangerous, and does so regularly enough to know the local ones by sight. She sets out to investigate an unusually high number of deaths among the creatures in a year-long period between 2010 and 2011, and her findings reveal disturbing information about the state of the world's oceans.

Review

The title of this film talks up the fact that orca researcher Dr Ingrid Visser is given to mingling with her wild friends in the waters off New Zealand. (“With teeth 10 centimetres long and jaws that could tear her in two, Ingrid is entering the lair of the ocean’s top predator,” burbles the voiceover.) But more interesting is the behaviour of New Zealand’s killer whales, which apparently have their own dialect of calls and a taste for hunting rays. In the best scene, we see one orca hang vertically and pluck a ray from the sandy sea floor by its tail.

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