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They’re Just Like Us

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THEY HAVE SINGING COMPETItions, isolate themselves by dialects, stick to unique food preferences, are led by generations of older, wiser matriarchs, celebrate their tribe’s identity, choose different parenting techniques, and gracefully mourn their dead.

They’re just like us.

As generations of fans eagerly await a sequel to the biggest box-office hit in history, Avatar, its Hollywood heavyweight director James Cameron reveals some big secrets about another mysterious world he’s putting on screen. This world is also inhabited by a highly cognitive, sentient species with huge brains, intricate social structures and complex communications skills.

This is another threatened “Pandora” that needs to be understood in order to be protected, but this world isn’t from one of Cameron’s science fiction blockbusters. It’s right here on Earth, and the magical beings that roam and rule this world are cetaceans—or as they’re more commonly referred to, whales.

National Geographic’s new Disney+ documentary series premiering on April 22, and award-winning actress and conservationist Sigourney Weaver.

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