Secrets of the Whales is a celebration of the lives, personalities and cultures of whales. Whales have captivated humanity for centuries but, despite our fascination, most of us have had only brief glimpses of these majestic animals, and little has been understood about their lives. Brian Skerry’s work illuminates the latest scientific research which shows that whales, like humans, have traditions and complex societies. His latest work focuses on four key species: sperm whales, humpbacks, orca and beluga whales.
Within genetically identical species, whales have their own languages or dialects, and their own food preferences. For example, in New Zealand waters orca prefer to feed on stingray, while in Norwegian waters they prefer herring, and in each location they have developed techniques for capturing their preferred foods.