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Who’s the cutest marine mammal? Hands down, it’s the sea otter! Join host Richard Nelson off the outer coast of Alaska as he drifts with a flotilla of sea otters.
From their luxurious fur, to their round, whiskery faces and button-black noses, to the endearing way a mother otter holds her pup on her belly as she floats along…these animals inspire “ah’s” from tourists and locals alike.
But there’s much more to these fascinating water mammals than just a pretty face!
Learn more on the Sea Otter Program.
The sea otter program is funded by the North Pacific Research Board.
Encounter's Wild Explorer is the place to learn more about the fascinating topics covered on Encounters Radio programs.
It was not until the late 1950's that whale songs were picked up incidentally and recorded by US Navy ships near Hawaii and Bermuda. In the 1960's, scientists realized that humpback whales were responsible for these strange, ethereal sounds. Read more
Where else on public radio programming can you hear polar bears growl, peregrine falcons cry and killer whales splash? In an ever increasingly urban world, Encounters: Experiences in the North brings the sounds of the northern wild to the radio for a rare, entertaining and informative weekly program. Now in its ninth season, Encounters is heard throughout Alaska and around the nation—and has podcast listeners around the world. Alaska’s acclaimed cultural anthropologist and award winning nature writer, Richard Nelson is the host of Encounters. Each 29- minute segment contains a tight weave of scientific and indigenous perspectives as Nelson bubbles over with boundless enthusiasm for all things wild. Because it is recorded live to tape, Encounters has a refreshing immediacy that makes for exciting and entertaining listening.
The carefully researched material draws information from the best scientific investigations, from discussions with scientists about their work, from accurate interpretation of conclusions in a wide range of studies, and from direct experience in the field. The programs are recorded live in the field during close contact with the subject. Whether high atop a 65 foot tree to record a program on wind, kayaking along side a pod of sea lions or getting curiously close to a grizzly bear, Nelson engages the listener in feeling the place as well as the subject.
Dr. Nelson has spent forty years in the north living with indigenous people and writing extensively about human relationships to the natural world. He began Encounters as a volunteer for KCAW-FM, the voice and heartbeat of Sitka, a small island town on Alaska's north Pacific coast. Encouraged by its popularity among Sitkans, Nelson began to work with KCAW program director Ken Fate who edited the program and found distribution statewide. Today the show is still distributed by KCAW, Raven Radio.