Secrets of the Whales

Secrets of the Whales is a celebration of the lives, personalities and cultures of whales.

Whales have captivated humanity for centuries but despite our fascination, most of us have had only brief glimpses of these majestic animals and little has been understood about their lives.

Brian Skerry’s work illuminates the latest scientific research that shows that, like humans, whales have complex societies and ancestral traditions.

His latest work focuses on four key species - sperm whales, humpbacks, orca and beluga whales. Within genetically identical species, whales have their own unique languages (dialects) and food preferences. For example, the orca that lives in New Zealand prefers to eat stingrays, while the orca that lives in Norway prefers herring. In each location, the whales have mastered techniques to capture their preferred foods.

Whales celebrate their identity and home. The first thing a sperm whale tells another sperm whale when they meet in the open sea is where he or she is from, … “I am from Dominica” or “I am from the Azores.” The knowledge and wisdom that whales possess about the places they live, has been acquired over eons and is passed to each new generation.

Many of these whale families are matrilineal and are led by older and wiser females. Mothers teach their babies not only the skills they will need to survive but also their family traditions. Family is very important to these animals. When a beluga whale calf is born the family gives it the same name as its mother until the little whale begins to speak ‘beluga language’ at which time the calf is given its own name. Humpback whale mothers ‘whisper’ to their calves to keep quiet when swimming in places where predators might be found. Whales are highly social creatures. They share joy, play games, have singing competitions and even mourn the loss of family members.

It is Brian’s hope that by seeing animals through the lens of culture, we might begin to understand that we share more in common with whales and other species than was once believed. Maybe, with this new perspective, we will see our direct connection to nature and be moved to take better care of our home, the Earth.

Curious CalfPOS BS 243 01$2,550.00
Orca GalaxyPOS BS 243 02$1,925.00
Game of StonesPOS BS 243 03$1,925.00
A Mother's LovePOS BS 243 04$2,550.00
Gentle GiantsPOS BS 243 05$1,925.00
Polar FeastPOS BS 243 06$1,925.00
Beluga NurseryPOS BS 243 07$1,925.00
Hope for the FuturePOS BS 243 08$1,925.00
Arctic Orca SunsetPOS BS 243 09$2,550.00
Watchful EyePOS BS 243 10$1,925.00
Arctic AnticsPOS BS 243 11$1,925.00
Happy WhalePOS BS 243 12$1,925.00
Opportunistic OrcasPOS BS 243 13$1,925.00
Dinner With FriendsPOS BS 243 14$2,550.00
Fast FoodPOS BS 243 15$1,925.00
Rest Time POS BS 243 16$1,925.00
Whimsical WhalesPOS BS 243 17$1,925.00
Hope Springs EternalPOS BS 243 18$2,550.00
Sperm Whale SpaPOS BS 243 19$1,925.00
Family BondsPOS BS 243 20$1,925.00
Baby BelugaPOS BS 243 21$1,925.00
Family EscortsPOS BS 243 22$2,550.00
Babysitting JonahPOS BS 243 23$1,925.00
Favorite FoodPOS BS 243 24$1,925.00

Xposure hosts solo exhibition spaces for acclaimed photographers along with group exhibitions for professional institutions. All exhibiting photographers will be present during the festival, enabling you the opportunity to meet and talk to them about their work.