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“The Original Whale Riders”

Jean-Michel Corillion (Frankreich) - 52 min

Saturday, 15. Nov. 2008 from 08:00 in Grazer Congress - Grüner Saal       

Laurent Soulier is a parasitologist specialized in marine mammals. He thinks he can save entire populations of whales by studying their lice! His mission is now to collect these precious parasites from living cetaceans... One whale is the size of 10 elephants and weighs 40 tons. Even though whales are not aggressive, their unpredictable behaviour can make them extremely dangerous. The pressure exercised by the fluke can exceed several tons per cm2: enough to knock out a diver, without even touching him! Even if he finally approaches these sea giants, Laurent will still have to figure out a way to collect 1cm parasites from their skin... From his laboratory to the waters of New Caledonia and Polynesia, Laurent takes us to the other side of the world for an exceptional adventure, along with a discovery that could very well save the last humpback whales on the planet.