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Subject: Science: Natural & Physical

Animal Conservation Series

Topical documentaries produced to help enlighten viewers about our planet's endangered animals and conservation efforts to aid in their continued existence. A portion of all net proceeds is donated to assist non-profit organizations. Series: 16 programs (30 to 60 minutes). Click for more

Orca (Killer Whales)

Orca (Killer Whales)

"This documentary, which contains outstanding footage of whales in their natural setting, chronicles a group of Earthwatch Institute volunteers as they assist in the long-term studies of Drs. Kenneth C. Balcomb III and Astrid Van Ginneken of the Center for Whale Research; it uses footage of volunteers in training sessions and aboard whale watching vessels. Viewers follow the volunteers as they are introduced to the natural history and behavior of Orcas as well as the painstaking research techniques that have been used to monitor specific individuals. The State of Washington is seeking to list resident Orca populations on their endangered species list because of the continued threats of salmon decline, organochlorine pollutants, and the increased whale watching industry in and around the San Juan Islands." -EMRO Review
"'Resurfacing' - Can orcas off the coast of San Juan Island and Olympic National Parks thrive in the face of growing environmental concerns?" -National Parks Magazine
Ordinary people do some extraordinary things in an attempt to help Orca killer whales stay off the endangered species list. In this program volunteers assist a biologist off the coast of Washington state in an exceptionally important photo-identification survey of the Ornicus Orca killer whales. A highly intelligent and charismatic mammal, Orcas are one of the mainstays of the tourist industry in the Pacific Northwest; however, a combination of PCB poisoning, declines in salmon, which are an Orca's favorite prey, oil spills, boat collisions, fishing net entanglement, and disease are causing a serious decline in their numbers and the people in this program are taking steps to prevent that. Produced by Filmoption International. 07/11DE IJSCA 52 min.

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