Sudden Silence

Researchers investigate the effects of the
COVID lockdown on wildlife and unlock new
understandings about human – wildlife coexistence


Production Company: In One Media

Broadcaster: ARTE

Release: 2023

Length: 1 x 50 mins

Photos: Megan Hockin-Bennett

UBC Marine Mammal Research Unit


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What we did

The team at Wild Bus Films produced and shot a sequence for this documentary series. Our sequence featured the ground-breaking work by scientists within the Pacific Northwest who are advancing our understanding of how whales communicate. By exploring the world of orca with hydrophones and underwater cameras, scientists start to uncover how whales respond to humans who share the waterways with them. The WBF team, worked from our live aboard boat, The Kum-Bah-Yah to capture whale behaviour and the whale biologists’ research, over a summer on the coast of British Columbia, Canada.

We respectfully acknowledge the filming took place within the traditional territories of the 'Namgis First Nation, as well as the traditional Kwakwaka'wakw territory.

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