Thirty-two years later Abyss, James Cameron, 66, the director of Terminator, Titanic, Alien and Avatar, takes us back to the bottom of the oceans. This week, he released a documentary series, produced for National Geographic and broadcast on Disney + which takes us to another world, to meet its inhabitants with particularly developed intelligence, enormous brains and still little-known cognitive faculties: the world cetaceans. It is called Secrets of the whales, and James Cameron talks about it in a long interview with the American magazine Newsweek. An interview that serves as a plea, a call to defend marine life.
Because James Cameron is not just a director. He is also an experienced diver, explorer, and environmental protection actor. And he wants to show us our neighbors, “These aliens, he said, with whom we share this planet “, people who have a whole social life, “just like us”, specifies the director, who organize singing competitions, games, who live in blended families, who adopt, and who are in mourning when one of theirs dies. For three years, with photographer Brian Skerry, he filmed off six continents, in all oceans, orcas, whales, beluga whales, narwhals and sperm whales.
In preparation of our new series, Secrets Of The Whales, enjoy these 6 magnificent whale moments caught on camera. #SecretsOfTheWhales starts streaming April 22 on @DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/miHcjgJaGJ
– National Geographic TV (@NatGeoTV) April 15, 2021
“We only defend what we like or what we care about, explains the director. Caring for things, for people, for others is the first step towards action. “ This is what James Cameron is aiming for: to make the viewer aware of the impact of our lifestyles on the other inhabitants of the Earth, to the bottom of the ocean. From waste discharges to deadly fishing nets, including maritime traffic and noise pollution, the invisible scourge that deafens whales.
Over the course of his research, James Cameron has also stopped eating fish. He went vegan. He says all this to Newsweek, a direct message, perhaps making some ears feel guilty, but “on the show,” he said, “the idea isn’t to hammer your head in the head with a conversationalist message, it’s not to dictate your conduct, it’s to entertain with a conscience.” Enough to make us look differently at these “sea aliens”, our neighbors.