Racing Extinction

Synopsis: Scientists predict we may lose half the species on the planet by the end of the century. They believe we have entered the sixth major extinction event in Earth's history. Number five took out the dinosaurs. This era is called the Anthropocene, or 'Age of Man', because the evidence shows that humanity has sparked this catastrophic loss. We are the only ones who can stop it as well. The Oceanic Preservation Society, the group behind the Academy Award® winning film THE COVE, is back for "Racing Extinction". Along with some new innovators, OPS will bring a voice to the thousands of species on the very edge of life. An unlikely team of activists is out to expose the two worlds endangering species across the globe. The first threat to the wild comes from the international trade of wildlife. Bogus markets are being created at the expense of creatures who have survived on this planet for millions of years. The other threat is all around us, hiding in plain sight. There's a hidden world that th
Director(s): Louie Psihoyos
Production: Discovery
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 7 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

I was reading

The Financial Times,

and it was a little, tiny,

two-paragraph story that said,

"Mankind may be causing

a mass-extinction event."

It was, like, buried on like

page six or seven.

And l thought,

"This is how humanity

is dealing with the issue.

"They're not dealing with it."

Check your cellphone.

If you get anywhere near this

place, he scrambles the signal.

Louie, man ,

how are you?

Just curious, how many cameras

do you have on you right now?

You mean, like,

on my table or--

No, no. On your body.

On my body?

Less than seven,

but probably more than two.

Okay, so,

we're doing an order here.

One hat cam,

two buttonhole cameras,

sports bra, one bottle cam, 5. 1 1

tac shirt with the vibration .

-Whenever you're ready.

-Oh , yeah .

So you're rolling right now,

so you can get the entrance.

And make sure, of course,

the straps are gone.


Your reservation's

in ten minutes.

All right.

So, we ate Codfish.

Kobe beef and also

some sweet shrimp.

I was raised on it.

She brought me here.

Yeah .

We try to be

adventurous, yeah.

I started eating it

like ten years ago.

l've been having sashimi

a lot at my grandpa's.

-Oh , yeah .

-We would go out.

Thank you .

This is a special

tamari soy sauce from the chef.

l don't know.

Yeah, three pieces. We got it.

It's a bingo.

The owners and chef of one of

America's trendiest restaurants. . .

. . .are facing federal charges


all because of what they

put on customers' plates.

An endangered species.

And behind the undercover sting,

some movie makers

who went right back to work.

We're making

our own road here.

Pretty big, the side

of the skull here, yeah.

I did four stories

about extinction for

National Geographic magazine.

You go to these

beautiful landscapes.

There's dinosaurs

from horizon to horizon.

And you think,

"That was so far back then,

"what if it's going on right now

and everybody's missing it?"

Each year,

about one in a million species

should expire naturally.

In the next few decades,

we'll be driving species

to extinction...

...a thousand times faster

than they should be.

It's difficult to estimate

precisely how many species

we're gonna lose.

In a hundred years or so,

we could lose up to 50%

of all the species on Earth.

I remember thinking,

"This is the biggest story

in the world."

It's like we're living

in the age of dinosaurs,

but we can do something

about it.

A friend of mine just

reported up in that area.


The blue whale

is the biggest creature

that ever lived on the planet.

Bigger than any dinosaur ever.

Just like dinosaurs,

they're going extinct.

It's coming in hot!

There it is!

Look at him.

Back in the days of whaling,

they were hunted

to near-extinction,

down to about two percent

of their population.

Now they're getting decimated

by shipping traffic.

Go for it.

He's coming up to the right.

To the right.

My hope is that

if you can show people

the beauty of these animals,

there's a chance

to save these things.

One of the cool things

about a blue whale

is that it has the loudest song

in the animal kingdom,

but you can't hear it,

because it's below

our threshold for hearing.

We look out at the world through

these eyes and these ears,

and you think, "Oh, that's it.

"That's everything

that there is to see."

But there's this hidden world

on almost every level.

What I want to do is

get people to see it.

We get off the boat,

and this fisherman comes up

to our interpreter

and says, "Can you give me $500?

"I found this buoy.

There's a $500 reward.

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