NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS and DR. BRUCE MATE, a professor at Oregon State University and director of the Marine Mammal Institute in Newport, go in search of the secrets of blue whales in "KINGDOM OF THE BLUE WHALE," showing at 8 p.m. Sunday on the National Geographic Channel.

The Ear was lucky enough to get an advance DVD of the show, and the photography is amazing. You can also check out the Web site at (