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.
Written and Produced by
HUGH MILES and SHANE MOORE
We acknowledge the kind cooperation of:
Alaska Department of Fish And Game
National Marine Fisheries Service
Katmai National Park
Some of the scenes in this film were obtained under Fred Sharpe’s research permit #716-1456
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