Biologist Ella Al-Shamahi investigates the rise in whale strandings along the UK coastline. Ella joins a specialist forensic team as they carry out a detailed animal autopsy on a 40-foot sei whale, washed up near Edinburgh. Throughout the post-mortem, the team reveal clues about what killed the creature, in an attempt to uncover why whales have been dying in such record numbers. Ultimately, What Killed the Whale? is an investigation into the human impact on the health of the planet, told through the lens of the ocean’s largest and longest-living mammal, along with pioneering solutions that could still save them.
What Killed The Whale? – Sunday 9pm on Channel 4