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. Jonathan Clay, BBC Earth's "Wild Pacific"
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.
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
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
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 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.