Jola Fallach
I love doing a few things in my life, and one of these things is watching BBC documentaries. Or any other good ones though there are not many good from the other sources.
My particular interest lies in these categories: Science and Nature, History, Music and Arts. Learning something new is rewarding, but watching animals in their natural habitat is relaxing. No, I do not like violent scenes.
Bears are my preference. All bears, although I like Grizzly and Brown Bears best. Not that I do not like humans.

There is a new documentary series on BBC, titled, 'Alaska: Earths's Frozen Kingdom. Spring', which I highly recommend to every nature lover and to lover of the English language. I will try to review the first episode, using some of the wonderful metaphors and structures from it.
Alaska is the most northerly and by far the biggest American state. In winter it is the land of snow and ice, the land of the bolds, where the waterfalls stopped mid-fall, the rivers lie frozen, even to one metre down; it is a kingdom of male polar bears roaming on thousand of miles of the sea ice. This is the place waiting for the sun to unlock its riches.

In early spring, everything is about to change and every living thing is in a race to grow. After six long months of permanent darkness, the sun climbs higher and higher, bulking up with seven minutes more daylight, but in the beginning it hardly seems up to the task of warming anything. Days are short, cold and most animals scratch a living. This season of early Alaskan spring has its special name: a break-up. When the rivers start to thaw, at long last, within a matter of days the life is getting going again.

Plants, animals and humans alike want to make the best of all opportunities, and sometimes one group takes advantage of the others, but not always it is humans.
Alaskans specialised in longline fishing, which involves modern equipment and up-to-date sonar technology. The long lines with baits are left to the bottom of the sea, where black cod fed, both humans and sperm whales delicacy. The baits attract black cod, and black cod attract sperm whales, or rather the finishing boat engines bell for the free and easy dinner - the creature circle the boat, wait for the engine to start and then they dive to fish for black cod at the end of the lines.

This practice is a kind of the criminal activity and has its own name: depredation, the act of stealing animals, which belong to humans by wild animals. There is a battle about black cod between whales and fishermen supported by scientists, so far the sperm whales outwitted both, the fishermen and the scientists. The serving takes place at seas off southern Alaska - some of the richest on Earth. Every year more and more whales come to learn a new way of catching black cod.

I was wondering how this process looks from the sperm whales' perspective. Something as long as they are comes to the sea, rings to serve black cod at the ends of lines. Ha, live is easier with these new friends - let's tell the others whale about it. I am not sure if the creatures have taken notice of little people on the boats.





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