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NATURE: Killers In Eden

Airs Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Experience the splendors and compelling stories of the natural world from all over the globe. The series delivers the best in original natural history films to audiences nationwide. NATURE has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including 11 Emmys, three Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club.

Credit: Courtesy of ABC Natural History Unit

Killer whales attack a giant humpback whale off the coast of Australia in a scene from "Killers in Eden," the story of an extraordinary human-animal relationship. The film recalls a period in the early 20th century when killer whales (also known as orcas) "conspired" with whalers from the fishing village of Eden to satisfy each other's hunting needs.

NATURE’s "Killers In Eden" tells the extraordinary story of interspecies cooperation between killer whales and whalers in Australia as they joined in hunts for migrating baleen whales.

Rooted in historical fact and told by members of the community who witnessed the hunts, it demonstrates the incredible intelligence of the killer whales and the remarkable trust of the whaling community that was the basis of a partnership that lasted nearly 100 years.

Watch a preview and more video about Orcas on the hunt online.

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