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

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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  • 2020-10-25T14:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-10-25T17:00:00-07:00
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  • 2020-10-31T04:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-10-24T04:00:00-07:00
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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.

  • 2020-10-25T14:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-10-25T17:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD
  • 2020-10-31T04:00:00-07:00
    KCET-HD

Ocean of Volcanoes

Witness the birth, growth and death of an island in the greatest ocean on Earth. From these violent beginnings emerge coral reefs of unparalleled richness 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 and vast swarms of jellyfish trapped forever by a coral mountain.

  • 2020-11-01T13:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-11-01T16:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-11-07T04:00:00-08:00
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Strange Islands

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. And there lies a puzzle: why do animals perfectly adapted to island life simply give up the ghost? The answer is revealed by the remarkable stories of some unlikely animals that survived on tiny islands off the coast of New Zealand.

  • 2020-11-08T13:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-11-08T16:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-11-14T04:00:00-08:00
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Fragile Paradise

The South Pacific is the greatest ocean on Earth. It is still relatively healthy and teeming with fish, but it is a fragile paradise. Like all our oceans, it has little or no protection. So what is being done to preserve this ocean and its wildlife? The whales’ future looks secure, for the moment, but international fishing fleets are taking a serious toll on the sharks, albatross and tuna. And there are other insidious threats to these bountiful seas.

  • 2020-11-15T13:00:00-08:00
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  • 2020-11-15T16:00:00-08:00
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