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Alaska: A Year in the Wild

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Episode 4: Autumn in Alaska: A Year in the Wild: Autumn

Summary

Autumn draws in and animals prepare for the hard winter ahead. For many young creatures, this is the point where their mothers leave them to fend for themselves. Humpback whales return to feeding grounds on the south east coast, having completed one of the longest migrations of any species, while brown bears compete for the best spots to catch salmon before their winter hibernation. Also returning to Alaska are an astonishing 300 million salmon, all looking to spawn in the very same streams in which they hatched.
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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

It’s autumn, so Alaska’s wildlife is preparing for winter: brown bears are wading through rivers hoping to catch enough salmon to see them through hibernation; American wolves loiter, hoping to scarf down the scraps they leave; sea otters groom and fluff up their thick fur coats in anticipation of the coming cold; a stroppy young bald eagle takes its first experimental flight.

All fascinating but it’s the humpback whales fishing for herring that are the most extraordinary. A haunting soundtrack accompanies scenes of them bursting out of the water like oversized synchronised swimmers while blowing bubbles and singing to panic their prey. It’s strangely beautiful.

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  • Episode 4

    Autumn in Alaska: A Year in the Wild: Autumn

    Summary

    Autumn draws in and animals prepare for the hard winter ahead. For many young creatures, this is the point where their mothers leave them to fend for themselves. Humpback whales return to feeding grounds on the south east coast, having completed one of the longest migrations of any species, while brown bears compete for the best spots to catch salmon before their winter hibernation. Also returning to Alaska are an astonishing 300 million salmon, all looking to spawn in the very same streams in which they hatched.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    It’s autumn, so Alaska’s wildlife is preparing for winter: brown bears are wading through rivers hoping to catch enough salmon to see them through hibernation; American wolves loiter, hoping to scarf down the scraps they leave; sea otters groom and fluff up their thick fur coats in anticipation of the coming cold; a stroppy young bald eagle takes its first experimental flight.

    All fascinating but it’s the humpback whales fishing for herring that are the most extraordinary. A haunting soundtrack accompanies scenes of them bursting out of the water like oversized synchronised swimmers while blowing bubbles and singing to panic their prey. It’s strangely beautiful.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerSarah Swingler
    Series directorDuncan Chard
    Series producerDuncan Chard
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