Scars of Freedom

Scars of Freedom

This former TreadRight project supported the production of 'Scars of Freedom,' chronicling a whale's dramatic fight for life after getting caught in a drift net.


Scars of Freedom, a Cousteau Film chronicling a whale’s fight to survive was produced by TreadRight Ambassador Céline Cousteau.

While on a film project in Chile’s Juan Fernandez Archipelago, Céline and her crew found themselves just a few hundred meters away from an entangled humpback whale, struggling to free itself from the nets that ensnared it.

Estimated at 250 kilos in weight, the net had cut halfway through the left side of the heavy whale’s tail. Between two dives, the film crew heard a radio call announcing fishermen had spotted an entangled whale. Though untrained in how to deal with the situation, the crew set off to rescue the whale, and were lucky enough to capture incredible close-up footage.


TreadRight supported the production and subsequent distribution of the film, allowing Céline to tell her story at environmental film festivals worldwide and spread her message for change.

This short documentary is the story of the repercussions of human negligence, juxtaposed with the incredible power of human compassion. The film also features beautiful images of humpbacks swimming through the protected blue waters of Hawaii to offer a contrast to the story.


This documentary can be used as a tool for educators to teach others about the importance of whales to their ecosystems and protecting these magnificent mammals.

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