Disney+’s ‘Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory’ clip shows largest gathering of fin whales

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Today Disney+ shared a clip and photographs showing hundreds of fin whales in the largest feeding aggregation ever filmed as part of National Geographic’s upcoming Disney+ Original series, Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory.

Filming of the second largest whales on the planet, some of which are up to 90ft long, took place in Drake Passage off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. To capture the near-mythical wildlife cinema event – ​​which doubled the previous record and included 300 whales as well as albatrosses, thousands of seabirds and a huge amount of other marine life – it took six weeks for the filmmaker. Nat Geo explorer Bertie Gregory and his film crew aboard a 75-foot ice-strengthened small sailboat. Struggling with terrible weather conditions and 95 knots of wind, Bertie and the team managed to capture the moment using three different camera techniques: drones for aerial perspective, a military-grade gyro-stabilized camera system to film water level and scuba gear to reveal this. underwater show.

“As summer turns into autumn in Antarctica, the day lengths become very short and the weather becomes bad. We ended up only having six good days of filming during our six-week expedition. Our hard work has paid off as we managed to find the largest gathering of fin whales ever filmed. Diving amongst this incredible gathering of wildlife was definitely the most extraordinary animal encounter I have had the chance to experience,” says Bertie Gregory.

A large gathering of fin whales. (Credit: National Geographic/Bertie Gregory for Disney+)

Premiering September 8 on Disney+, Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory breaks the mold of traditional natural history programming by telling incredible, real-life animal stories and taking viewers with it every moment of the action. For weeks, the charismatic 29-year-old BAFTA-winning cinematographer immerses himself in the lives of animals to capture the untold stories of iconic creatures living in some of the harshest environments on our planet, worlds from Antarctica to remote forests in Zambia, Africa, to the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles off the coast of Costa Rica. Bertie’s youthful curiosity goes hand in hand with his magnetism and relentless drive to take viewers on an epic and heartwarming journey to discover the fascinating and wonderful world we live in – sometimes even breaking the fourth wall to engage directly with people. viewers in a charming and approachable way. .

In addition to capturing the encounter of the huge whales, the other purpose of the expedition was to allow scientists who monitor the migration patterns of fin whales to collect data by tagging the whales for a better understanding of these relatively understudied animals. . Filming such a gathering of fin whales, hunted to the brink of extinction in the 20e century, is a very encouraging sign, suggesting that their numbers are rebounding following the ban on commercial whaling. Positive conservation stories are rare these days, and this is a dramatic example of nature’s resilience when given a chance to recover.

Epic Adventures with Bertie Gregory is produced by Wildstar Films for National Geographic. Bertie Gregory serves as host and cinematographer. Wildstar’s executive producers are Vanessa Berlowitz and Anwar Mamon. James Brickell is a series producer and director. Hugh Pearson, Susie Povey, Parker Brown, George Pagliero and Will West also direct the series. Janet Han Vissering and Drew Jones are executive producers at National Geographic.


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