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The South Pacific is the greatest ocean on earth - still relatively healthy and teeming with fish. But it's a fragile paradise. It's home to the planet's richest coral reefs and most iconic ocean wildlife; whales, sharks, albatross and tuna. The whales' future looks secure, for the moment, but international fishing fleets are taking a serious toll on the sharks, albatross and tuna.
Flightless parrots, burrowing bats, giant skinks and kangaroos in trees - on the isolated islands of the South Pacific, the wildlife has evolved in extraordinary ways. But island-living can carry a high price, for when new species arrive, all hell breaks loose.
Witness the birth, growth and death of an island. From the violent volcanic beginnings emerge coral reefs of supporting large groups of grey reef sharks and giant manta rays. The rising lands of the South Pacific have also given life to some very strange creatures, from the vampire bug that thrives in tropical snow, to the megapode, a bird that uses volcanic springs to incubate its eggs.
Many animals that live in the ocean, among them sharks, whales and turtles - must go to extraordinary lengths to survive. Tiger sharks travel hundreds of miles to feast on fledging albatross chicks and, every year, sperm whales journey from one side of the South Pacific to the other in their search for food and mates.
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- Premiered: May 10, 2009
- Rating: TV-G
- Premise: Examining wildlife and human cultures in the South Pacific. (more)