Project Description

Dolphins have been a source of curiosity and have appeared in our stories and myths for thousands of years. We know they are intelligent animals, but just how intelligent are they, and how is dolphin intelligence expressed? Adam Walker, an open ocean endurance swimmer, set out on an eight-hour swim to cross the Cook Strait off the coast of New Zealand. After several hours in the cold water, exhausted, he suddenly found himself surrounded by a group of Dusky dolphins. Little did he know he was also being closely followed by a Great White shark. The dolphins appeared to be protecting him from the predator, which left an indelible impression on Adam. What is the link between our two species? Why do we seem to be so interested and curious about each other? Could we have more in common than we believe? Scientists around the world are asking themselves the same questions. Over the decades the focus on dolphin research has changed from asking “how intelligent are dolphins?” to “how are dolphins intelligent?” Conversations with Dolphins brings us to the research sites of some of the most internationally renowned dolphin specialists, and alongside experts studying dolphins in the wild. Do dolphins think the way we do or are their brains wired in a very different way from ours? Will we one day be able to communicate with one another?

Documentary (2016), 2 x 52′
Co-production: France / Canada (MC4 / Ideacom International)
Broadcasters: Canal D, CBC, France 3 (Thalassa)
Producers: Amy Webb, Josette D. Normandeau (Canada), Jean-Pierre Bailly (France)
Scriptwriters / Directors: John Jackson, Jérôme Julienne
Format: HDCAM SR