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A Deep Secret

Production year: 2011 | 1*29 | Genres: Nature
A Deep Secret
Origin country: Norway
Production company: NRK Norsk Rikskringkasting AS
Original title: En dyp hemmelighet
Original language: Norwegian
Formats: HD | M&E

Something strange is happening on the Arctic Island of Spitsbergen.

A colony of common seals is in danger of being wiped out by an unknown attacker. Conditions should be ideal for seals of this kind, but many pups never reach adulthood. Spitsbergen's seals are dying all too young, and no one knows why. Something is taking a dreadful toll - but what?

From the depths emerges a whole troop of large and ferocious predators. Join the dramatic hunt for this mysterious creature. Is this what is wreaking such havoc among the seals?

An incredibly beautiful underwater world is revealed when we visit the seals in their natural habitat and follow the mothers and their new-born pups close up. Together with two scientists, Kit Kovacs and Christian Lydersen from the Norwegian Polar Institute, we set out to solve the mystery of the seals' rapid decline. The scientists' quarry is an animal that has always been looked upon as a bottom-feeding carrion eater. How wrong that belief was will soon become apparent. Below the surface a giant predator that had hitherto been completely overlooked by man, rules supreme - and here you meet this fearsome creature face to face.

After watching this programme, never again will you take your swimming things with you on a visit to Spitsbergen!

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