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Karl Stefanovic Hunts The Blue Whale, This Weekend on 60 Minutes

NewsKevin Perry

Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 7.30pm on Channel Nine

Big Blue

It's difficult to imagine the size of a blue whale until you come alongside one. They are the biggest creature to have ever lived.  But as big as they are, we know precious little about them.  Hunted almost to extinction just a few decades ago, we're now missing vital information about how to protect the blue whale. Karl Stefanovic spent a week searching the turquoise waters of the Maldives for these magnificent beasts, along with a group of Aussie scientists desperate to save them.

Reporter: Karl Stefanovic

Producer: Hannah Boocock


Toxic Flyer

For some people, flying is an anxious white-knuckle ride as they carry a pressing fear that the aircraft will crash. But there's another risk that may be far greater, which affects us all.  It's called Aerotoxic Syndrome and it's caused by breathing contaminated cabin air.  Some experts are calling it the asbestos of the airline industry - it can result in a range of serious health problems, even death. But what's most shocking is the way aircraft manufacturers and operators have known about the problem for years and have done nothing about it.

Reporter:  Tara Brown

Producer:  Gareth Harvey


Pain Free

Imagine not being able to feel any pain.  That's the case for two amazing young girls called Ashlyn and Gabby. When they hit their head, they don't feel a thing, bang their arm and it doesn't even register - they can even cut themselves and feel nothing at all. The idea of being pain free sounds extraordinary but when you hear their stories you might change your mind.  And, ironically, their condition just may lead to a breakthrough for those who suffer chronic pain.

Reporter: Liz Hayes

Producer: Phil Goyen


Death Defying

It was the comedy hit of 2011.  The Hang Over Part II grossed $600 million at the box office. But behind the scenes the laughs turned to tragedy when Aussie Scott McLean was nearly killed in a stunt that went terribly wrong. Scott fought hard to stay alive and spent thousands of hours in rehab trying to get his life back on track.  Two years later he returned to thank the doctors who saved him.

Reporter: Peter Overton

Producer: Hannah Boocock