Island of the Sea Wolves Review 2022 Tv Show Series Cast Crew Online
Island Of The Sea Wolf is a three-part docuseries, narrated by Will Arnett and produced/directed by Jeff Turner, that examines the ecosystem on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. Despite its Pacific Northwest location its climate is usually mild and its combination of seaside and rainforest ecosystems make it the home for a wide variety of species.
Some, like the sea wolf, are unique to the island; the sea wolf can swim great distances in order to find food, and we see that with a pregnant wolf named Cedar. She’s not the alpha female of her pack, so she’s on her own to find food to make sure her litter is healthy. So if there’s a rotting carcass on a rocky island a half-mile away, she has the capacity to swim to it.
The series is split by season, starting with spring, and other members of the ecosystem get the episode’s focus. There’s a male bald eagle who needs to impress his companion with his fish-catching abilities in order for them to mate. A sea otter mom has to leave her baby to float in the cold water in order to find food to help her nurse. Sea lions feed on a massive swarm of egg-laying herring until grey whales show up. Then killer whales show up to pursue a lunch of now well-fed sea lions. Cedar has to cede meat from a dead otter to the pack’s alpha male, who grabs the carcass and takes it to the alpha female.
Even though Vancouver Island itself is quite large, it’s a relatively small area when it comes to what nature documentaries cover. But that focus makes the show more interesting, because we can see one area, and one group of species, weather different seasons. Surprisingly, the summer is the toughest season on the island because of vanishing food sources, and that second episode starts with a surprise involving Cedar and the alpha female in her pack.
That surprise does show us how much crafting goes into creating a storyline out of raw nature footage. We suspected as such: We don’t even know if the filmmakers ever follow an individual member of a species around or follow different members and clip it together. But without some storylines, and Arnett’s ability to go from serious deep-voice narration to some sly stuff about the funnier moments — like a crab attaching itself to a bald eagle’s face — the spectacular scenery shot for the series likely wouldn’t be able to stand on its own.
But that’s every nature series. What makes this one good is the focus. We’re not going all over the world; we’re showing exactly how tightly integrated one species is with another on Vancouver Island. Arnett’s narration clearly illustrates how the different species help each other, even the ones that are predators of the others. And by focusing on such an interesting environment, with marine life and rainforest within a short distance from each other, the viewer can really see how much of a delicate balance that ecosystem really is.