Up close and personal

Up close and personal

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Every winter, Norwegian marine biologist Andreas B. Heide sails north in search of whales, especially orcas. He’s not just there to document these incredible creatures from the boat, however—he jumps in and swims right along with them. Orcas are some of the most powerful and intelligent predators on the planet, but by approaching them with respect and establishing trust, Andreas has been able to gain perspective on how they live, interact, and even play. His hope is to increase awareness for conservation efforts by documenting his up-close-and-personal interactions with these surprisingly gentle giants.

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • I was scared to death
  • But it chooses not to
  • I am a sailor, adventurer and marine biologist from Norway
  • It’s harsh and also tremendously beautiful
  • Nature at its very best
  • To make a documentary about orcas and whales in the wild
  • Observe them from a distance
  • They are gentle yet so fast
  • Once you’ve made eye contact with an orca there is no turning back