Return of the Sea Otter by Todd McLeishA science journalists journey along the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska to track the status, health, habits, personality, and viability of sea otters--the appealing species unique to this coastline that was hunted to near extinction in the 18th and 19th centuries. These adorable, furry marine mammals--often seen floating on their backs holding hands--reveal the health of the coastal ecosystem along the Pacific Ocean. Once hunted for their prized fur during the 1700s and 1800s, these animals nearly went extinct. Only now, nearly a century after hunting ceased, are populations showing stable growth in some places. Sea otters are a keystone species in coastal areas, feeding on sea urchins, clams, crab, and other crustaceans. When they are present, kelp beds are thick and healthy, providing homes for an array of sealife. When otters disappear, sea urchins take over, and the kelp disappears along with all of the creatures that live in the beds. Now, thanks to their protected status, sea otters are floating around in coves in California, Washington, and Alaska.
Todd McLeish is a science writer with three published books, all on natural history topics: Narwhals, Basking with Humpbacks, and Golden Wings and Hairy Toes: New England Wildlife. He is a popular public speaker on cruise ships and at museums and environmental centers and has published articles on wildlife topics in Earthwatch Journal, Bird Watchers Digest, WildBird, and Natural New England, among other publications.
The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It!
Cassie Emily Osment is a thirteen-year-old Teenage goth girl who just moved to a new neighborhood and school. She loves playing tricks on the popular kids and her little brother, Max Alex Winzenread. On the way to the library, she finds a mysterious Halloween store down an alleyway and goes inside. She ends up finding a book called The Evil Thing the mysterious owner Tobin Bell suggested for her to read it. Later that night, the Evil Thing, brought to life by Max's thoughts, and captures him, Priscilla Brittany Curran , and a Papa Johns pizza delivery man. It is up to Cassie and Sean Cody Linley to save them. At first, they try to defeat The Evil Thing on their own, but fail.
Want to watch for free? Join for a free month. Parents need to know that while this movie is from the same people who created the creepy, crawly series Goosebumps, it's more of an ad for products like Papa John's Pizza than anything else. Parents should also know that Cassie does some pretty antisocial things, like terrorizing her little brother with ghost stories, hiding in his closet to scare him, and filling a pinata with roaches so Priscilla will be covered in them -- all because she's angry that she had to move and Priscilla humiliated her. Parents should also know that the movie gets pretty scary at different points, especially when the kids attempt to kill The Evil Thing. Lots of creepy violence, including a slimy monster with babies encased in eggs on its back. The pizza delivery guy, Max, and Priscilla get captured by The Evil Thing and wrapped up in a cocoon.
It was released direct-to-DVD. The plot follows a goth girl named Cassie Emily Osment moving into a new town and fascinated by the occult. At a mysterious Halloween store, the store owner Tobin Bell insists on selling her an old book. Stuck with her brother Max Alex Winzenread on Halloween night, she reads the book to him, despite the book's warnings not to read it out aloud or think about its monster. The monster comes to life and captures Max. Cassie, with help from her friends, must save Max and defeat the monster before their parents return from a Halloween party.