The Mystery of Eels

About

Eels have been a source of fascination to writer, artist and conservationist James Prosek since childhood. His introduction to the slimy, muscular fish occurred when fishing as a boy in the ponds and rivers of Connecticut. He would catch them by accident when fishing for something else. But when an old game warden explained that they were born thousands of miles away in the Sargasso Sea, somewhere in the Bermuda Triangle, Prosek became hooked and determined to learn as much he could about the mysterious creatures. Prosek’s journey takes him to Maine, where New England fishermen reap the benefits of a multibillion-dollar eel business; to Japan, where the fish are a staple of Japanese diet, with more than 130,000 tons of eel consumed each year; and to the Maori in New Zealand, where eels are revered, often depicted as mythical beings or guardians. Eels can be found all over the globe, in fresh and salt water ecosystems alike. But today, risk of over-fishing and the presence of dams and other obstacles that prevent eels from reaching their oceanic spawning grounds pose new threats to an animal that once roamed the planet alongside the dinosaurs. The Mystery of Eels premiered Wednesday, April 17 at 8/7c on PBS.

Production Credits Print

PRESENTED AND NARRATED BY
JAMES PROSEK

PRODUCER
FRITZ MITCHELL

WRITTEN BY
JAMES PROSEK

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
PETER FRANCHELLA

LINE PRODUCER
ALEXA CONWAY

EDITOR
PAUL CARRUTHERS

POST SUPERVISOR
STEVE MURPHY
JOHN F. SCHWALLY

AUDIO
RYAN CARROLL
MATTHEW McLARTY

ASSISTANT CAMERA
KATIE KEARNEY
CORY STAMBLER

ADDITIONAL CAMERA
MURRAY MILNE
HEATHER PERRY

MUSIC COMPOSED BY
DANNY BENSI
SAUNDER JURRIAANS

COMPOSER ASSISTANT
CHASE DESO

SOUND DESIGN
CARMEN BORGIA

RE-RECORDING MIXER
MATT GUNDY

SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR
ELI COHN

ONLINE EDITOR
DAVID GAUFF

COLORIST
GARY SCARPULLA

SPECIAL THANKS
MIKE MILLER
JOE CASSONE
CHRIS BOWSER
STEVE GEPHARD
SALLY HAROLD
CRAIG PAULING
JACQUES BOUBEE
KUNIO KADOWAKI
BERYL WADE
BILL KERRISON
HAMPTON CAREY
DAVID SEIDLER
SCHWARTZ • WAJAHAT, NEW YORK

Based on the Book
EELS: An Exploration, From New Zealand to the Sargasso, of the World’s Most Mysterious Fish
By James Prosek

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SERIES EDITOR
JANET HESS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER
JANICE YOUNG

SENIOR PRODUCER
LAURA METZGER LYNCH

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
JAYNE JUN

LEGAL COUNSEL
BLANCHE ROBERTSON
ADRIAN D. STUBBS

BUDGET CONTROLLER
KAREN FEIGENBAUM

ADDITIONAL VOICEOVER
JEFF BOTTOMS

OFFLINE EDITOR
STACEY DOUGLASS MOVERLEY

ONLINE EDITOR
PATRICK KRASS

RE-RECORDING MIXER
ED CAMPBELL

SERIES PRODUCER
BILL MURPHY

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
FRED KAUFMAN

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RESEARCH AND WRITING:
ABIGAIL POPE-BROOKS

DESIGNER
JOY WEEENG

PAGEBUILDING
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TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
BRIAN LEE

CREATIVE DIRECTOR
NICK MILLER

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