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Title:
Invasion of the killer whales
Author:
Wallis, Ben, screenwriter, director.
Publication Information:
[United States] : PBS Distribution, 2015.

©2014
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (60 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
A remarkable new story is unfolding in the Arctic. As the ice melts and polar bears struggle to survive, another animal is taking over the polar bear's once dominant role as top predator. An ever-increasing number of killer whales are appearing in Arctic waters. As the polar bear's world is shrinking, the orca's is growing.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
Rating: TV-PG.
Added Uniform Title:
Nature (Television program)
ISBN:
9781627892049
UPC:
841887023337
Format :
DVD

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A remarkable new story is unfolding in the Arctic. As the ice melts and polar bears struggle to survive, another animal is taking over the polar bear's once dominant role as top predator. An ever-increasing number of killer whales are appearing in Arctic waters. As the polar bear's world is shrinking, the orca's is growing.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-The rapid melting of the Arctic polar ice is resulting in unusual ecological changes in that remote area. The Arctic is experiencing the most rapid warming of any region in the world. The depletion of ice leads to the loss of hunting grounds for the largest of Arctic predators, the polar bear. But this change is also allowing the most successful of marine predators, the orca, also known as the killer whale, to make inroads into areas previously unsuitable for them. This magnificently filmed and highly relevant documentary reveals the consequent changes in wildlife populations of the Arctic as the killer whale becomes the top hunter in areas previously dominated by polar bears and the bears' numbers are significantly decreasing as their food sources are diminished. In startling footage, starving polar bears attempt to climb cliffs to hunt birds, wade in water to try to catch salmon, and even resort to eating seaweed. In contrast, the killer whales have developed strategies to feed on the once populous narwhal and even the much larger bowhead whales of the region. Research scientists and film crews document the long and purposeful journeys of the killer whales to their new hunting grounds. Interviews with involved scientists and some Inuit of the area provide first-hand information on the environmental effects of global warming on the region. The attempts by the polar bears to change their hunting habits in order to survive offer a rare look at the possible evolution of a species. VERDICT Highly valuable for students studying climate change, environment or the Arctic region.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly with Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NY (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.