Alaska: Spirit of the Wild received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary in 1998. The landscape of Alaska is shown in magnificent aerial shots, and ""white thunder,"" the spectacular sight when enormous icebergs break off from glaciers, is shown in exquisitely sharp footage. Much of the film is devoted to Alaska's abundant wildlife, including moose, bears, seals, wolves, caribou, musk oxen, and whales. An underwater shot taken in the midst of dozens of diving seals is particularly memorable, and scenes of humpback whales breaching on the surface are simply spectacular. Bears fight each other over the best fishing spots, and even their prey, the salmon swimming upstream, are featured in an underwater montage showing their life cycle.