Every summer for decades, Jim Nollman played music with the same pod of orcas. He wasn’t performing communication experiments on animals in a laboratory or an aquarium. Instead, he explored communication with the animals as willing participants in their own habitats.
Fin whales produce some of the loudest noises in the animal kingdom. So loud that marine geophysicists have found fin whale calls recorded by seismometers they use to detect earthquakes. Since these whales haven’t been studied much, scientists are using the whale’s calls to learn more about their behavior.
Stretching from Oregon all the way to Alaska, the waters that border the Pacific Northwest house an amazing array of life. This DVD takes you on a journey through 4 seasons of marine life in the Pacific Northwest introducing you do many of its underwater inhabitants and discovering their lives.
Thousands of northern elephant seals — some weighing up to 4,500 pounds — make an annual migration to breed each winter at Año Nuevo State Reserve, on the San Mateo County coast. Marine biologists are using high-tech tools to explore the secrets of these amazing creatures.
When fishing nets are abandoned, they keep capturing fish, marine mammals and seabirds. Decaying carcasses attract more scavangers who get caught in the nets. Small fish hide in the shadow of the nets, attracting larger predators who also get caught.
Orcas, also called killer whales, number fewer than 100,000 worldwide, and learning more about them is a global endeavor for Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team of explorers, who travel to both the northern and southern hemispheres as they seek out killer whales in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.