It's a Wild Night on WLRN! Eels, Sea Eagles and Penguins

Feb 13, 2014

Nature: Mystery of Eels (8:00 pm)

Above: Long fin eel in New Zealand. Credit: Courtesy of ©THIRTEEN

Eels can be found all over the globe, in fresh and salt water ecosystems alike. But today, risk of over-fishing and the presence of dams and other obstacles that prevent eels from reaching their oceanic spawning grounds pose new threats to an animal that once roamed the planet alongside the dinosaurs. Artist, writer, and naturalist James Prosek explores the mysterious world of the eel.

Wild! Sea Eagle (9:00 pm)

Wild! Sea Eagles

Amidst the bleak and unwelcoming wintry landscapes of Central Europe remains one of Europe’s last surviving birds of prey…the white tailed eagle. Despite their legendary strength, the future of the sea eagle remains uncertain, as they come face-to-face with the harsh reality of nature and the threat of humans. We follow two young birds, as they fight to stay alive in a world of danger and on a journey that only the fittest survive.

Wild South America: Penguin Shores (10:00 pm)

Wild South America: Penguin Shores

South America is a land of great extremes, stretching from the Antarctic to the Equator. In this episode, we follow the cold, rich waters of the continent, from their genesis in the stormy southern oceans via the mighty Humboldt Current all the way to the Equator. Sharing in the current's riches are penguins, killer whales, sea lions, fur seals, albatrosses, cormorants, pelicans, boobies and the world's only marine lizard.