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What the biggest brain on Earth can do - David Gruber and Shane Gero

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Soon after whaling ships began operating in the North Pacific, an interesting trend emerged. Within just a few years, whalers saw a 58% drop in their successful strikes. Sperm whales had suddenly become harder to kill— they had begun fleeing the boats instead of forming their usual defensive circles. Were whales communicating new strategies to each other? David Gruber and Shane Gero investigate.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator David Gruber, Shane Gero
  • Director Anna Benner
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Music Raphael Tschernuth
  • Sound Designer Raphael Tschernuth
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Producer Sazia Afrin
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Editorial Producer Cella Wright
  • Script Editor Charles Wallace
  • Fact-Checker Charles Wallace

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