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Ella Al-Shamahi presents new C4 documentary 'What Killed the Whale?'

12th Jun, 2022
Television

Ella Al-Shamahi presents a new ground-breaking documentary, 'What Killed the Whale?', airing on Channel 4 at 9pm tonight.

The programme is a critical investigation into the most arresting victims of our climate emergency - the whales that wash up and die on our shores in greater numbers year after year. 

More than 12,000 stranded cetaceans have been logged in the UK since 1990, and in this 90-minute programme – titled What Killed the Whale? – explorer and biologist Ella Al-Shamahi will set off across the country to find out what is going on and who  or what is to blame. How much is pollution, fishing, ship strikes and other human activities responsible for this escalating crisis?

Ella will be embedded with the country’s leading frontline science organisations as they respond to fatal large whale strandings across the UK, in an unflinching examination into the devastating causes of their deaths. 

The production team have managed to capture the graphic autopsies of these giants of our oceans – each one an environmental crime scene harbouring clues as to why they died. Join Ella as the team follow the cutting-edge lab analysis, in a UK-wide search for answers that will reveal the true impact humans are having on our oceans, as well as the pioneering solutions that could still save them before it’s too late. 

Catch up on the episode in the link here.