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Jean Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
Jean Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures
Profiles of Beluga and Grey Whales
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A beluga in Cunningham Inlet on Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada.

Jean Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures

Sea Ghosts

Aired Wednesday, April 8, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on CPTV

There are places on this planet where it’s a marvel that anything survives. In the cold Arctic waters of the far north, the sea is alive with sound. The canaries of the sea are singing. They're beluga whales, named from the Russian word for “white ones.” They’re 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. In this episode, Jean-Michel Cousteau travels with his team to the high Arctic to determine why some beluga groups are thriving and others are disappearing. There’s a clear connection between human activity and the beluga’s future. The beluga’s world is now ground zero for climate change; what threatens them is not confined to the Arctic — it’s global. What lies ahead for the beluga could become prophecy for many species everywhere, including our own. Learn more...

 

Grey Whale in Montery Bay Canyon

Jean Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures

The Grey Whale Obstacle Course

Aired Wednesday, April 8, from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on CPTV

There is no whale on earth like the gray whale. It is the whale with the longest migration route and the most urban whale, passing some of the world's busiest cities and ports, along some of the most polluted coastlines. The only large whale to be studied in captivity, it is the least changed for over 600,000 years. Yet, it is also one of the first to face extinction. The gray whale is the only whale removed from the endangered species list, then almost loved to death! Jean-Michel Cousteau and his team of young divers and scientists follow the annual migration of these traveling giants from Baja to the Arctic to investigate clues to a sudden decrease of population among the gray whale and to examine the less visible and more ominous obstacles these unique whales face in their struggle to survive. Learn more...