The Witness Is a Whale

Directed and Photographed by Nick and Cheryl Dean


"The Witness Is a Whale" (formerly "The Secret Whales") is a documentary about one of the greatest environmental crimes of the 20th Century - the secret and illegal slaughter of hundreds of thousands of whales by the Soviet Union and Japan. Through never-before-seen troves of archival footage, hidden documents, and personal records kept by Soviet scientists, The Witness Is a Whale exposes this ruthless killing for the first time. Our docmentary also recounts the post-whaling recovery of many different whale species and highlights their culture, behavior, and overall importance to the health of our oceans.


The campaign to “Save the Whales” has never been more important. 

A Co-Production of: Spindrift Images, Terra Mater Factual Studios and Mark Fletcher Productions.