Jean-Michel Cousteau - Cousteau: Alaska: Outrage at Valdez (1989)

On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in the pristine waters of Alaska's Prince William Sound, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil. In this Cousteau Society Special Report, Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of Jacques Cousteau, takes us on a voyage to investigate first-hand the devastating impact of the U.S.'s largest oil spill. Amid the majestic mountains and ice floes of this serene setting, the leaking oil spreads like a virus staining and often killing everything it encounters. Harbor seals, sea otters, and bald eagles fall victim to the tragic accident. The Cousteau team questions the lack of precautions, laments the slow clean-up response, and outlines preventive measures so such a disaster may never happen again.


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