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The Great White Shark: Blue Water, White Death

 

In 1971 the documentary film Blue Water, White Death introduced thousands to the great white shark and famously inspired the film Jaws. Once feared, and still considered a fearsome predator, great whites are now often the subject of ocean conservation. Last year the fantastic film Blue Water, White Death was re-released, and it does just as fantastic a job sharing the story of these incredible creatures.

One of the stars of the film is diver and filmmaker Valerie Taylor. She will join us aboard National Geographic Orion on the ship’s inaugural expedition, Exploring Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, The Solomons & The Great Barrier Reef. If you’d like to travel with her, there are still some cabins available.

Orcas Attack Juvenile Sperm Whale

Photographers off the coast of Sri Lanka managed to capture underwater footage of a rare encounter when a pod of orcas attacked a sperm whale. Fewer than a dozen of these types of predation have been observed, though some of our guests are among the lucky few to have seen it. During an expedition in Baja California’s Sea of Cortez, we observed orcas attack a juvenile sperm whale. The orcas were chased off when a large male returned to the group and sped into the fray. Our video chronicler shot a video expedition report on the event, but without underwater footage, you can largely only see the roily waters.



Shawn Heinrichs, the photographer in Sri Lanka, took the bold step of suiting up to dive with the orcas attacking the sperm whale. As no humans have ever observed this kind of behavior up close, he was relying mostly on faith for his safety.

Video the Adventure: Workshops to be Held Aboard National Geographic Explorer

 

This year National Geographic photographer filmmakers Cotton Coulson and David Wright will be conducting video workshops aboard National Geographic Explorer during our Epic South America expedition and the Nov 7, 2013 Antarctica, South Georgia & The Falklands expedition.

They’ve created a series of gear-up videos to helps guests get a head start on preparing to shoot and produce their own nature documentaries, you can find them on Cotton Coulson’s Vimeo page. And you’ll find tutorials, tips, and equipment reviews on their new website, Expedition Workshops.

Take a Bike Ride Through Visby

On a wind-whipped day in Visby, Sweden our guests aboard National Geographic Explorer took a bike ride outside of the city, through the woods, and along the coast to the sheer limestone cliffs looking out along the west side of Gotland. The cultural expedition visits all nine countries that boarder the Baltic Sea. And next year’s expedition among all countries bordering the Baltic Sea will prove to be even more epic in scope. A single departure, it is a circumnavigation over 16 days.