"**** Four stars. Highly recommended. Orca is an exciting and entertaining tape, exploring the myths and realities of killer whales. Brilliant photography...."
- Children's Video Report
"Highly recommended...it will inform, fascinate,
and be thoroughly enjoyed...."
- School Library Journal
"A beautiful documentary...Highly recommended."
- Video Librarian
"Highly recommended...will long remain in the viewer's
memory. Very enjoyable and informative."
- Science Books and Films
Orcas -- commonly known as killer whales -- are more feared than understood. Accompany Hiroya Minakuchi in his five-year study into the lives of these marine mammals in their natural habitat in the Pacific Northwest. Minakuchi's brilliant cinematography brings killer whales up close as never before and challenges popular misconceptions.
With the aid of specially developed underwater cameras, he films spectacular scenes, including a dramatic personal encounter with several dolphins who come within a few feet of his lens. His camera captures a fascinating birth at sea, as well as Orcas above the water breaching and "spy hopping," and a rarely filmed "rubbing ritual." Great for classroom or personal use.