Making whales

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

See whales up close and (very, very) personal—This may be the first footage ever recorded of southern right whales mating, shot with a remote 360/3D camera hanging off a float in the waters of Port Ross. Packing a four-metre-long penis and testes together weighing a tonne, southern rights have the biggest package in the animal kingdom. It suggests that ‘sperm competition’ may be important in the mating process, as we can see here—there is more than one suitor in the shot.

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Making whales

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Process the blubber

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Fly over Sandy Bay

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