Animal Planet’s brings new series “The Magic of The Big Blue”
Nearly three quarters of the Earth’s surface lies beneath a vast blue patchwork of seas and oceans. For us, it is a far-off realm that we have barely begun to explore. Animal Planet takes viewers on an extraordinary expedition through the oceanic wonders across seven continents in its breathtaking new series THE MAGIC OF THE BIG BLUE. From Asia, to Australia and Oceania, South America, Europe, Africa, North America and the Antarctica, THE MAGIC OF THE BIG BLUE is a visually out-of-this-
A seven-part series, THE MAGIC OF THE BIG BLUE begins in Asia, the most prolific area of underwater life on the planet that supports the livelihood of 120 million people. Travel to the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia and witness the Coral Triangle, the underwater equal of the Amazon, and the global centre of marine biodiversity where an incredible 76 percent of the world’s corals thrive and more than 3,000 species of fish make their home. From vividly coloured coral reefs, to an immense array of life forms including six out of the seven species of marine turtles, massive manta rays, populations of whale sharks, marine mammals including the endangered dugong, and an abundance of commercially valuable pelagic species like the yellowfin tuna and more, these enchanting underwater meadows hold more than meets the eye.
THE MAGIC OF THE BIG BLUE then immerses in the salty depths of the Oceania, the last area of the underwater world that is untouched by humans. From the rainbow reefs of Fiji to Coral Triangle’s Kimbe Bay, from Papua New Guinea to Palau, and more, travel across Australia and the 7,000 over islands of the extensive Oceania on THE MAGIC OF THE BIG BLUE. The Bismarck Sea, a region forgotten by the world, is home to a maze of tiny islands where a rich cradle of life has thrived for centuries. The reefs of Papua New Guinea, a world perfectly preserved from thousands of years ago and where dozens of islets and coral atolls create a network of sea grass beds, mangroves, dunes, lagoons, and flood plains in which marine life thrive. Be prepared for the rollercoaster ride of currents at Blue Corner, the diving Mecca of Palau. In addition to being the world’s first designated shark sanctuary where it is home to predatory grey and black-tip reef sharks, it is also inhabited by magnificent gorgonian fans, anemones, eels, cartilaginous eagle rays, endangered Napolean Wrasses and more.
THE MAGIC OF THE BIG BLUE then goes on a nerve-racking dive in the shark-filled waters of South America’s famous Galapagos islands, where thousands of hammerhead sharks stretch all the way out to the horizon. Then onwards to the whale capital of the world, the Azores islands in Europe, where hundreds of migrating whales such as the majestic blue, humpback, giant sperm, the great baleen and more, come to visit yearly. Then jump into the eastern shores of South Africa where thousands of dolphins, sharks and gannets gather for what is believed to be the biggest hunting opportunity on Earth, when millions of sardines migrate during the “sardine run” season. The adventure continues at the dreamlike ocean paradise of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula where Darek discovers one of the biggest underwater caves in which countless creatures live. Finally, the voyage ends in the freezing waters of the Antarctic where those who dare dive may be in for the adventure of a lifetime as there is nothing quite like the heart-stopping experience of seeing a glacial predator like the leopard seal.
The oceans represent 99 percent of all available living space on Earth but we have only covered just 10 percent of their depths. Just how much do we understand the big blue? Get acquainted with the life, characters, history and secrets of these waters through a remarkable undersea expedition like no other on Animal Planet’s THE MAGIC OF THE BIG BLUE.
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