Episode 10: State of the Ocean’s Animals
Takes a hard look at why nearly half the world's marine animals may face extinction over the next twenty-five years. Case studies focus on global issues including climate change, sea-level rise, over-fishing, and habitat destruction.
- Antarctica: The Emperor penguin is dependent on sea ice to reproduce and raise its young. But global warming is beginning to melt the sea ice surrounding the Antarctic—and it could lead to the extinction of the species.
- Melbourne Beach, Florida: Sea turtles have been wandering the oceans of the world for millions of years, but will they be able to survive the industrial age? The community of Melbourne Beach is taking positive action to reverse some of the damage that has already been done.
- Klamath River: Once the third richest salmon river in the United States, today a battle over water rights threatens the cultural and economic lives of both Native Americans and commercial fisherman.
- Monterey Bay, California: Sea otters in Monterey Bay have rebounded from the brink of extinction. This has had an enormous impact on the health of the local ecosystem, particularly the kelp forests that are home to tens of thousands of fish and marine animals.