Overhead shot of an island in the middle of a vast ocean. | From "South Pacific."

This landmark series explores the sheer scale and majesty of the largest ocean on Earth, the isolation of its islands, the extraordinary journeys wildlife and humans have gone through to reach these specks of land, and what happened to both after their arrival. Beyond cliched images of swaying palms and idyllic beaches, this is the real, immense and surprising South Pacific.

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Ocean of Islands

The South Pacific islands are the most remote in the world. Their extraordinary isolation has created the most curious, surprising and precarious examples of life found anywhere on Earth. The South Pacific’s innumerable islands look like pieces of paradise but the reality of life here is sometimes very different, with waves the size of buildings, brutal tropical storms and, in the far South, even blizzards. This is the real South Pacific.

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Castaways

In the South Pacific, there is no such thing as a deserted island. They may be the most isolated in the world, but across this vast region every one of its 20,000 islands has been colonized. This is the story of the ultimate castaways (they include saltwater crocodiles, giant eels, crested iguanas and weird frogs) who succeeded against all odds to reach islands thousands of miles apart. These journeys were no mean feats. These journeys were undoubtedly the greatest acts of navigation ever undertaken, and they changed the nature of the South Pacific forever.

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Endless Blue

Much of this remote, blue wilderness is a marine desert. Many animals that live in the ocean must go to extraordinary lengths to survive. But the South Pacific is not all desert. New Zealand’s super-rich coast supports huge pods of acrobatic dolphins, its coral reefs are some of the most diverse on Earth, and there are few places richer in wildlife than the quirky Galapagos Islands. Using the greatest shipwreck story of all time – an event that inspired Moby Dick – the huge challenges of survival in this seemingly endless blue ocean are revealed.

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