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Fragile Waters (2014)

Unless there are changes, endangered Southern Residents orcas face rapid extinction. Orca Network and filmmakers Rick Wood and Shari Macy teamed up to tell the complete story of the perils facing the killer whales and chinook salmon.


Shari Macy, Rick Wood




Credited cast:
Ken Balcomb Ken Balcomb ... Self - Interviewee
Susan Berta Susan Berta ... Self - Interviewee
Howard Garrett Howard Garrett ... Self - Host
Dave Hansen Dave Hansen ... Self - Interviewee
Jewell James Jewell James ... Self - Interviewee
Rick Larsen Rick Larsen ... Self - Interviewee
Jessica Lundin Jessica Lundin ... Self - Interviewee
Josh McInnes Josh McInnes ... Self - Interviewee
Wallace J. Nichols Wallace J. Nichols ... Self - Interviewee
Mike O'Connell Mike O'Connell ... Self - Interviewee
Brady Olsen Brady Olsen ... Self - Interviewee
Eva Saulitis Eva Saulitis ... Self - Interviewee
Liz Seely Liz Seely ... Self - Interviewee
Sam Wasser Sam Wasser ... Self - Interviewee
Jim Youngren Jim Youngren ... Self - Interviewee


The untold story of one of the most endangered marine mammals in the world and those who are working desperately to save them. Coastal Native tribes had a saying, "No fish, no Blackfish," which meant without Chinook salmon, there are no orcas. "Fragile Waters" is the story of connectivity, balance and finding solutions. It is also a call to action, for the Southern Resident Killer Whales are in a perilous and steady decline. Written by Rick Wood

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Did You Know?


"Tucker," a lab mix canine, who is trained to help researchers by sniffing out whale scat, received a "Blue Marble" award from co-director Rick Wood, for his part in helping to save orcas. The Blue Marble was given to Wood directly by Dr. Wallace J. Nichols. See more »

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The Title Is Important The Waters Are Fragile
26 March 2015 | by jaduffSee all my reviews

I am so glad to watch this movie as told by the people closest to the lands and waters of the Great Pacific in North America.

If you Care about Nature, Water, Salmon, Orca's then this movie is for you.

The Fragile Waters unique story is told with grace and concern for our past and our future.

The issues facing our natural heritage and resources are hanging in the balance now, the time to watch Fragile Waters is now.

Nature is a story of survival and balance, Fragile Waters shows us ways to understand and help contribute to a better world we share with other species.

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Release Date:

7 November 2014 (USA) See more »


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$15,000 (estimated)
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Orca Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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