SEASWAP: Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project on KTOO

The 2006 documentary film SEASWAP: Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project is being pulled from the archives for an encore primetime airing on KTOO 360TV! Watch via broadcast, cable, satellite or online ( on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 8pm.

About the film:

Alaska commercial fisherman Kendall Folkert works hard for his catch. Long hours on the boat can lead to disappointment and financial trouble when crafty sperm whales steal black cod off his longline gear. A team of researchers joins Kendall in the North Pacific to outwit the clever animals.

Whale researchers Aaron Thode (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) and Jan Straley (University of Alaska Southeast) join forces in a unique collaboration with fishermen and fisheries managers to understand the signals prompting sperm whales to the fishing vessel Cobra. Watch as these individuals give you a look inside their work, marvel at the ingenuity of this endangered species, and experience how fishing and science come together to stymie these creatures from getting an easy meal.

View the promo for SEASWAP at

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