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Classic: Whale Talk

Friday, September 23, 2011
Reporter: Jennifer Byrne
Producer: Warren McStoker

July 1987

Jennifer Byrne experienced a close encounter of the breathtaking kind.

Surrounded by huge but playful whales, she watched while a noted researcher tried to communicate with them.

Peter Beamish, who worked out of Newfoundland, came as close as any human to deciphering a common language between whales and man.

During the filming, Jennifer and her 60 Minutes crew come within a few metres of the animals, recording the awesome sight of flashing tails and water spouts.

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