Ocean Giants is a three part documentary that tries to understand what it means to be a whale or a dolphin. Cameramen Doug Allan and Didier Noirot travel the world filming some truly remarkable stories about wales and dolphins with the help of some of the top cetacean scientists. You’ll get to see the worlds biggest mammal – the Blue Whale – up close and personal, along with a group of male humpback whales maneuvering at high-speed, trying to out with each other in their pursuit of a sole female whale. All the time, Stephen Fry’s wry and understated narration keeps you up to date with everything that’s happening on screen, without dominating.
The filming is exquisite, probably the best film you will have seen of a vast range of whales and dolphins, including the rare albino dolphins of the Amazon river. More than just stunning filming, Ocean Giants also looks at what makes these sea creature tick, with the emotional forgiveness of the once hunted grey whales interacting with human tourists, as if the bloody hunting grounds of years past never existed. It also looks at the intelligence of dolphins as they are shown a mirror and they recognise themselves, a trait unheard of in the animal kingdom. You’ll be left speechless as you witness the majesty of humpback whales hanging weightless in the ocean singing songs.
From the sheer beauty and physical size of the biggest whales to the unrelenting delight of dolphins at playing the the surf, Ocean Giants captures the awe of an largely unknown world that most of us will never experience in real life.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read