“Osprey” is the seventh episode of the third season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on April 11, 2014. Overall, it is the 73rd episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt.
In this episode, Jimmy is worried that he will lose the Tortuga’s ignition key again. This came true when the Kratt brothers race back to recharge their Buzz Bikes, causing Jimmy to accidentally drop the key into the water. As the key slowly floats away from the Tortuga, the team works to track down the key, while the Kratt brothers go and learn about the osprey, whose abilities could also help them retrieve it. Meanwhile, Zach Varmitech’s computer locates the Wild Kratts, showing that the Tortuga key is lost. Zach then heads to the Tortuga, and orders his Zachbots to find the key, hoping to get his hands on all of Aviva’s technology.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratts are kayaking in the cypress swamps of Florida, talking about ospreys, which they think can really catch fish. Afterwards, they ask their “What if?” question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
Jimmy and Koki are fixing the Tortuga, when Jimmy realizes that he needs to be careful with the Tortuga’s ignition key. Outside, the Kratt brothers witness and osprey grab a fish with its talons, so they also decide to go find out why osprey can catch fish so well. Aviva is also inspired by this ability and is ready to make Osprey Power Discs. The Kratt brothers follow the osprey in their Buzz Bikes, but the osprey seems somewhat annoyed, so they race back to the Tortuga to miniaturize. Jimmy comes out of the Tortuga, but the speeding Buzz Bikes cause him to spin, and the key falls into the water. After the Kratt brothers try to charge the Miniaturizer and the Buzz Bikes, Jimmy realizes that he lost the key to the Tortuga and he begs the Kratt brothers to retrieve it. Chris and Martin then go off searching for an osprey by activating their Hummingbird and Dragonfly Creature Power Suits, respectively. Meanwhile, Zach Varmitech also finds out the Tortuga’s ignition key is floating away, and gets the idea to find it because he knows he will get his hands on all of the Wild Kratts’ technology.
The Kratt brothers enter the forested area and find an osprey, which is not bothered by their presence. They observe how the osprey catches fish while Aviva watches, and Martin subsequently names the osprey Slip Grip, who then leads the two to a dead treetop nest. Aviva finishes the Osprey Power Discs, but right after, Zach arrives. Aviva tries to warn the Kratt brothers, but a Zachbot blocks the Tortuga crew’s communications, as well as traps them.
Martin and Chris find a chick in Slip Grip’s nest, which Martin names Fluffy Flier. Zach finds out, and orders a Zachbot to cut the down the tree holding up the nest and ordering others to find the key. The Kratt brothers return to the Tortuga and Aviva hands the brothers the discs. The Kratt brothers then touch an osprey and activate their Osprey Creature Power Suits. They turn on their anti-glare vision, and after Martin rescues Fluffy Flier and Chris destroys the Zachbot blocking the Wild Kratts’ communications, they head out to retrieve the key, which they do before a Zachbot is able to. Chris drops the key in Jimmy’s hands, and he turns on the Tortuga. Aviva then scares Zach with the Tortuga’s “Angry Mode”. By sundown, the Wild Kratts are able to build a supposedly indestructible pedestal for the osprey nest, builded with an iron core and a titanium casing.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers continue describing how an osprey catches fish, and canoe to a couple of osprey nest platforms. Afterwards, they conclude the episode by saying “Keep on creature adventuring; we’ll see you on the creature trail!”
Key facts and Creature Moments
- To snatch fish out of the water surface, an osprey first scans the water for fish silhouettes with its eyes, which cut through glare. Then it quickly dives and extends its talons in the water. Its chances of catching fish like this are high.
- To carry fish, an osprey has strong chest muscles to prevent the weight of the fish from dragging it down. It also has rough feet and sharp talons, which keep the fish from slipping away.
- There are some references and a scene from the Wild Kratts episode “Tortuga Tune Up”.
- “Osprey” marks the second time the Tortuga’s ignition key goes missing.
- Chris and Martin have already used completed Osprey Power in the episode “Slider: The Otter”.