Nature

Otters & Orcas: An Alaskan Mystery

Clip: Season 38 Episode 2 | 5m 22s

In this bonus scene from-The Serengeti Rules, scientist Jim Estes discovers the collapse of the kelp forest ecosystem he had once seen thriving in the 1970s. He determines how it’s caused by a ripple effect from the Pacific Northwest whaling business in the 1990s, changing the predation of orcas, thereby decimating the otter population and the kelp forest ecosystem by extension.

Aired: 10/09/19

Rating: NR

Video has closed captioning.

Problems Playing Video?

Major support for NATURE is provided by The Arnhold Family in memory of Henry and Clarisse Arnhold, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, The Fairweather Foundation, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, Kathy Chiao and Ken Hao, the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, the Filomen M. D’Agostino Foundation, Rosalind P. Walter, Sandra Atlas Bass, Doris R. and Robert J. Thomas, The Hite Foundation, Gary and Christy Roeber, The Sun Hill Family Foundation in memory of Susan and Edwin Malloy, The Arlene and Milton D. Berkman Philanthropic Fund, the Bradley L. Goldberg Family Foundation, the Anderson Family Fund, The M. & H. Sommer Foundation, Ron Hull, by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, by PBS, and by Viewers Like You.