“Last of the Right Whales” is a documentary about the perils North Atlantic right whales face and what is being done to save them from extinction. It is bound to enthrall viewers yet cause some emotional trauma. The drone photography is nothing but spectacular and sickening when watching right whales entangled in fishing ropes or hacked by propellers thrashing about in distress.
“Last of the Right Whales” will have its world broadcast premiere to kick off the 62nd season of Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s The Nature of Things on 6January2023 at 21:00 hours on CBC television and at CBC Gem. If you can’t access those the documentary has participated in 16 film festivals and 28 coastal tour events and will be further circulating around the globe.
You will learn about how boat traffic and fishing gear is threatening these curious, intelligent and peaceful mammoths. You may find their suffering extremely difficult to watch perhaps unbearable for many watching a fishing gear entangled right whale thrashing wildly.
It is always easy to tear into the fisherman but credit the documentary for letting one of them speak about the issue and explain that fisherman are part of the problem but they may also be part of the solution. Some attempts are being made to reduce the use of ropes by commercial fishermen. Speed limits have been imposed in the Gulf of St. Lawrence to avoid collisions with whales
You will hear from conservationists, scientists, veterinarians, fishermen, writers and citizen scientists working on the problem in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the Bay of Fundy, The Gulf of Mexico and Cape Cod.
There are a few uncomfortable moments and emotional ones but as one scientist says we can’t rely on the government alone. The solution is with all of us and understanding the problem is a start for many viewers.
If only the documentary could advise viewers how they can be part of the solution.
Director and producer is Nadine Pequeneza.