Patrick and the Whale
Using stunning underwater footage, Patrick explores the fascinating nature of the sperm whale, attempting to shine a light on its intelligence and complexity, as well as highlighting its current and past relationship with humankind.
ABOUT THE FILM
Patrick Dykstra has dedicated his life to following and diving with whales. He has learned how whales see and hear, how they perceive other creatures in the water, and how they behave at close quarters. This allows him to get closer than anyone else alive.
In Dominica, he had a life-changing encounter with a sperm whale. She seemed curious about him, coming within touching distance, pulsing him with her sonar. Patrick felt that she was genuinely trying to communicate. He returns to Dominica to find this special whale he named “Dolores” so she can help him show us the hidden world of her species. The film follows his personal journey and explores the psychology of a man who has sacrificed everything in his single-minded quest to connect with and understand one of the biggest creatures in the ocean.