PBS’ Ocean Adventures series premiers “Sea Ghosts” tomorrow night, April 8th

Filed Under (On TV, Whales) by Alexa & Cindy on 07-04-2009

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They’re nicknamed “Sea Canaries,” and they live in waters so cold, it’s amazing that anything can survive.

Their name is Russian for “white one.”

We’ve seen members of their species up-close in captivity, where they splashed and seemingly posed, smiling from the water, for Alexa’s camera.

These are the Beluga whales of Cook Inlet, Alaska, and in this, their natural habitat, they were added to the endangered species list last October.

Are the Belugas being threatened by climate change like species everywhere are, or are they themselves an indicator of climate change that’s happening now?

Dr. Tracy Romano, senior vice president of research and zoological operations at Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, is working to find answers to these questions through research highlighted in “Sea Ghosts”, part of the Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures series, which airs tomorrow night at 8 p.m. eastern on PBS (check your local listings).

Tune in or set your DVR. Here’s a sneak-peek:

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