Halifax, Nova Scotia – January 9, 2013 With seemingly effortless grace, power, and beauty, marine mammals glide through the waters along our coastline. However, these majestic creatures can often find themselves caught in fishing gear or stranded in shallow water. When these unfortunate situations occur, a group of dedicated individuals are standing by to help.
Whale Rescue is a half hour documentary that follows Marine Animal Response Society (MARS) members Andrew Reid and Tonya Wimmer as they attempt to save an abandoned baby pilot whale clinging to life in shallow water. For the past 20 years, MARS has been dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals throughout Atlantic Canada. With passion and persistence, they have assisted hundreds of the Atlantic Ocean’s largest marine creatures.
Whale Rescue was written and directed by award-winning Halifax filmmaker John Rosborough (Atlantic Film Fest, Bessie, Cannes Red Lion)and produced by Edward Peill from Halifax-based Tell Tale Productions Inc.
“It’s remarkable how much energy this two person team can conjure and the number of individuals and organizations the MARS team draws together when a sea mammal finds itself in distress.” says Rosborough. “I think anyone who likes the idea of learning from, and lending a hand to the majestic creatures of the sea will find something special in this show. And hey, who doesn’t like a dolphin or a whale?”
Although MARS is not always able to save a stranded marine animal, with every stranding comes an opportunity for knowledge. In the film, world renowned whale expert Dr. Hal Whitehead shares his insights into what valuable information can be learned when these unfortunate incidents occur. MARS works with Dalhousie University to teach students about marine life, what may cause fatal strandings and, with the help of a large inflatable whale, how to help a marine animal that has been stranded.
Whale Rescue will have its world broadcast premiere on CBC Television’s Land & Sea on Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 12 Noon. Following the broadcast, the documentary can be watched on the CBC TV website at: www.cbc.ca/landandsea. Land & Sea is CBC’s 2nd longest running TV series and can be followed on Twitter: @cbclandandsea
Whale Rescuewas produced in association with CBC TV with funding from Film NS, and Provincial and Federal tax credits.
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