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This six-part series from the BBC Natural History Unit looks at the least-known ocean on earth, the Wild Pacific. Its unique history will amaze you as the series explores the plants and wildlife that span the thousands of islands. Amazing cinematography follows the travels of the Polynesians, witness the birth of volcanoes and observe the ever-changing coral reefs.
Wild Pacific explores the largest ocean on earth, and is big enough to contain the whole of the world’s landmass. It stretches from the heat of the tropics to the sub-Antarctic, with an isolation of hundreds of miles between islands and a fascinating range of wildlife, from flesh-eating caterpillars to giant crabs that can open a coconut.
Programme 1: An Ocean of Islands
The South Pacific is scattered with thousands of islands containing some of the most remote communities in the world. This isolation has led to splendid evolution, throwing up real curiosities such as giant skinks, and tiny communities of human life, like the island of Anuta, which has a community of 300 people crammed in a are only sixth of a mile square in distance.
Programme 2: Rising Lands
Stunning time-lapse photography and aerial photography reveal volcanic islands, with eruptions and lava flows. In the Soloman Islands watch the amazing sight of birds using volcanic heat to incubate their eggs.
Programme 3: Endless Blue
The Pacific Ocean contains half the world’s water and is home to the deepest sea. Much of this sea is seen as a marine desert, this programme explores the extreme hardships of marine survival.
Programme 4: Castaways
The islands are some of the most remote places on the planet, and this has resulted in animals evolving in remarkable ways. For example, watch in wonder the extraordinary gecko that can give birth without a mate.
Programme 5: Strange Islands
Llook at the strange methods of survival animals have evolved on the isolated Pacific islands, such as the kangaroos that live in trees and the giant lizards with monkey tails.
Programme 6: A Fragile Paradise
This programme looks at the fragile eco-system of the Pacific and attempts to stop over-fishing. In Fiji the locals have developed new ways to bring back colourful coral back to their damaged reef, while a sinister change in the chemistry of the ocean is threatening the miniscule animals that other marine life rely on.