A Mystery in Alaska

Introduction

Unexplained declines in many wildlife species have created A Mystery in Alaska.

The Steller’s sea lions that populate the Alaskan coastline are powerful, playful, and sometimes rowdy creatures who bump and jostle each other on land but acquire a sublime gracefulness in the water. They are also the subject of a strange and tragic mystery: Steller’s sea lions are rapidly disappearing from one of the last great wildlife strongholds of the world, and no one knows why.

Naturalist filmmaker Shane Moore, who has been working in the Alaskan wilderness for much of the past 10 years, brings a sense of urgency and new understanding to this puzzle in A Mystery in Alaska.

As scientists and environmentalists race the clock to find answers, pressure has been growing on Alaska’s fishing industry to suspend most of its pollock fishing, on the suspicion that it is robbing Steller’s sea lions of an important source of food. But new research illustrated in this film shows that a broad combination of factors could be responsible for the sea lions’ plight. Buy the DVD. This film premiered in May 2003.

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Television Credits

Narrated by
BRAY POOR

Written and Produced by
HUGH MILES and SHANE MOORE

Photography
SHANE MOORE
HUGH MILES
DAVID REICHERT

Sound Recording
LYBBY MOORE
GREG WINSTON
LEIGH BARRETT

Editor
JILL GARRETT

Dubbing Editor
KATE HOPKINS

Dubbing Mixer
TREVOR BARBER

Music
LENNY WILLIAMS
DAVID KANE

Scientific Advice
PAUL ANDERSON
DON CALKINS
BILL DAVIDSON
LOWEL FRITZ
KEN PITCHER
TOM LOUGHLIN
FRED SHARPE
RICHARD MERRICK
DICK THORNE
BRUCE ROBSON
GARY THOMAS
KEN STUMP
ANDREW TRITES
ROD TOWELL
MARK WIPFLI
KATE WYNN

We acknowledge the kind cooperation of:
Alaska Department of Fish And Game
National Marine Fisheries Service
Greenpeace
Curtis Anderson
Kurt Balasek
Jim Borrowman
Alvin Burch
Calvin Clark
Bill Coltart
Eric Jordan
Katmai National Park
Andy Hilstrand
Dan Higgins
Matthew Moir
Rick Rosenthal
Jamie Ross
Dan Sammis
John Sevier
Jay Stinson
Vancouver Aquarium

Some of the scenes in this film were obtained under Fred Sharpe's research permit #716-1456

Copyright 2002 Wild Wise Ltd.
All rights reserved

For NATURE

Series Editor
JANET HESS

Supervising Producer
JANICE YOUNG

Producers
JILL CLARKE
PATTY JACOBSON
SUSANE LEE

Associate Producer
GIANNA SAVOIE

Production Assistant
IRENE TEJARATCHI

Production Secretary
AUSTIN RIPLEY

Manager
EILEEN FRAHER

Production Manager
JULIE SCHAPIRO THORMAN

Offline Editor
JAY SLOT

Online Editor
BARRY GLINER

Sound Mixer
ED CAMPBELL

Series Producer
BILL MURPHY

Executive in Charge
WILLIAM GRANT

Executive Producer
FRED KAUFMAN

A co-production of Thirteen/WNET New York and Granada Wild

This program was produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, which is solely responsible for its content.

© 2003 Educational Broadcasting Corporation

 

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PAGEBUILDING
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WRITER
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TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
BRIAN LEE

Scientific Consultant
SUSANE LEE

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