Whale-sized pride for a friend and relative

Several years ago a conversation with my brother-in-law Ross Isaacs about a film idea led to me writing my book, The 3rd Degree, published in 2007. We were trying to define a compelling link between his great passion, the story of the humpback whales, and my climate change interest (some would say obsession).

In the end I pursued my book and he focused on a new documentary about the northern Pacific Ocean humpbacks, and their annual migratory journey between wintering in the volanic Hawaiian Islands and summering off icy Alaska. This Sunday night , November 16, ABC-1 will be screening his amazing TV production, Humpbacks: From Fire to Ice, in peak viewing time (7.30pm) - narrated by the legend himself, David Attenborough.

I commend the show to everyone. Go Bro! You can see some of Ross' great work as an underwater cameraman and film-maker at http://www.cyberdiver.com.au

Postscript: Recent scientific news suggests that impacts of ocean acidification due to rising levels of CO2 in the atmosphere could start to adversely impact shell-forming sealife in a little over 20 years. The staple diet of humpbacks are the small shrimp-like krill, found in cold waters, which are of course crustaceans with shells. It sounds like bad news for our cetacean cousins. See http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2008/11/11/2415539.htm?site=scien...

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