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THE SERIES
 
Voyage to Kure
 
Sharks at Risk
 
The Gray Whale Obstacle Course
 
America's Underwater Treasures
 
Return to the Amazon
 
Sea Ghosts: Belugas
 
Call of the Killer Whale
 

 

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About Ocean Adventures

 

A generation ago, Jacques-Yves Cousteau revealed the oceans' mysteries to millions of landlocked PBS television viewers, and inspired a groundswell of public awareness of the unique problems faced by the world's marine environments. Now, 30 years later, Jacques' son Jean-Michel Cousteau and his expedition team have set sail to explore dangerous and spectacular locales across the globe in the high-definition series, Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures, premiering with the film Voyage to Kure. Find out when Ocean Adventures airs on your local station.

 

Sea Ghosts (Beluga Whales)
Premieres on April 8, 2009
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The beluga whale is an evolutionary surprise -- a warm-blooded mammal in a numbingly cold sea. Resembling curious ghosts, these intelligent mammals use one of the most complex sonars of any animal. Belugas inhabiting Cook Inlet, close to Anchorage, Alaska, were added to the endangered species list in October 2008. Their world is now ground zero for climate change, but what threatens them is not confined to the Arctic, it's global. What lies ahead for the beluga could become prophesy for many species everywhere, including our own.
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Call of the Killer Whale
Premieres on April 22, 2009
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In this two-part episode, the Ocean Adventures team explores our counterparts in the sea -- the orca, ruler of the ocean. Orcas, also called killer whales, are the most widely distributed marine mammal in the world, but number fewer than 100,000 worldwide. Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team travel to New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest and discover that people and orcas share surprising similarities, even similar needs, and they relate their findings to the captivity and release of Keiko, from Free Willy fame, who captured the world's imagination and whose survival depended on Cousteau's pioneering efforts to reintroduce Keiko into the wild.
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Return to the Amazon
Originally broadcast on April 2 and 9, 2008
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In this two-part episode, the Ocean Adventures team explores the Amazon, the most powerful of the world's rivers. Flowing through the world's largest tropical rainforest -- the most biodiverse region on the planet -- the Amazon is endangered, and it has the potential to alter global climate. Twenty-five years ago, Jean-Michel Cousteau explored the Amazon. Since that time, an area almost the size of Texas has been deforested. Cousteau and his team return to gather information on how this has affected the region and the planet and how it may continue to impact our world.
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Voyage to Kure
Originally broadcast on April 5 and April 12, 2006
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In this pioneering exploration, the Cousteau team sets sail to the Northwestern Hawaiian Island archipelago, the most remote island group in the world. There, they discover diverse wildlife populations above and below the sea and investigate these species' fight against extinction and the devastating effects of pollution, mining, fishing and development.
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Sharks at Risk
Originally broadcast on July 12, 2006
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Long feared as an object of terror, sharks are gaining a new reputation due to unprecedented observation -- yet their numbers are quickly dwindling due to the actions of humans. To better understand shark behavior and the impact their reputation has had on their survival, the Cousteau team observes gray sharks in French Polynesia and great white sharks in South African waters -- unprotected by a shark cage.
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The Gray Whale Obstacle Course
Originally broadcast on July 19, 2006
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The Cousteau team follows gray whales, unchanged for 600,000 years and under constant threat of extinction, from the nursery lagoons of Baja California north to frigid feeding grounds in the Bering Sea -- through the longest and most polluted migration routes of any whale species.
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America's Underwater Treasures
Originally broadcast on September 20 and 27, 2006
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This two-part installment brings viewers to the rarely visited underwater parks that constitute the National Marine Sanctuary System -- a diverse and uniquely American group of ecosystems which promises to inspire an ethic of ocean preservation that will translate far beyond any national borders.
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