A Gallery and a Giveaway! “Wild Pacific” on PopSci.com

Check out breathtaking images from BBC Earth's Wild Pacific, and win a copy of the series on DVD

The newly released Wild Pacific series, from the award-winning BBC Natural History Unit that brought you Planet Earth, is here (and we’re giving away ten free copies of the DVD)! This breathtaking series shows some of the surprising effects that isolation has on life, as animals evolve and adapt to their surrounding environments in unique ways.

Wild Pacific DVD

The Pacific is the most volcanically active region on Earth. Islands emerge from beneath the ocean’s surface without warning. Time lapse and aerial shots, as well as detailed images of animals taken with Wild Pacific‘s high-definition cameras, reveal the processes of life and death in the Pacific and on its magnificent islands.

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Episode 1: Ocean of Islands

Two royal penguins grooming on Macquarie Island in the southwest corner of the Pacific Ocean, about half way between New Zealand and Antarctica. © Fred Olivier

Episode 2: Castaways

A Theridion Grallator, also known as a “happy face” spider, in Hawaii. These spiders are about five millimeters long. Their patterns may change depending on the food they’ve eaten, serving as potential protection against birds’ pattern recognition capabilities (bird are their only predators). © Nat Geo/Darlyne A Murawski

Goldie’s Bird of Paradise

A male Goldie’s bird of paradise. © Nat Geo/Tim Laman

Episode 3: Endless Blue

Sperm whales are toothed and have the largest brains of any animal. © Brandon Cole/NaturePL

Sea Lion

A Galapagos sea lion. These mammals are social and playful, and frequently spotted sunning on beaches. They are known for their loud ‘barks’. © NaturePL /Patrick Morris

Dusky Dolphins

A pod of dusky dolphins off of Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand. © Ellie Williams

Episode 4: Ocean of Volcanoes

A manta ray. These are the largest variety of rays, living in tropical waters around the world, especially around coral reefs. © Michael Pitts/ NaturePL

Episode 5: Strange Islands

A kagu, ­ a flightless bird found only on the island of New Caledonia, in the Southwest Pacific. © James Mair

Humpback Whales

Humpback whales were once hunted to the verge of extinction, but have bounced back from a population of just five thousand to over now over sixty thousand worldwide.