Wild Pacific: Season 1, Episode 1

Ocean of Islands (12 Jul. 2009)
"South Pacific" Ocean of Islands (original title)

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The South Sea, or southern Pacific Ocean, from Galapagos to Antarctic, comprises a quart of the world's water. Yet is's barely known, being so vast and scarcely populated with humans, yet ... See full summary »


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The South Sea, or southern Pacific Ocean, from Galapagos to Antarctic, comprises a quart of the world's water. Yet is's barely known, being so vast and scarcely populated with humans, yet immensely with wildlife, largely in seasonal migrations, as with breeding birds etc. and their predators. In reality, the weather and currents are varied, not just tropical heat, and crucial, as even storms were for propagating species, which may then mutate, often bizarrely, resulting in extraordinary variety on over 20,000, often quite isolated islands. Man too evolved uniquely, most within a mere two milennia, resulting in the strangest cultural traditions. Easter Island testifies to their ecological fragility. Written by KGF Vissers

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Pardon The Eruptions
31 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On each episode, narrator Mike Rowe begins by giving us some facts concerning about vast is the Pacific Ocean. Among those facts is that there are 25,000 islands.

What many people may not know, as pointed out by Rowe, is that they were all formed by volcanoes underneath the ocean, and that they are continuing to do so today, although most eruptions never make it to being a lasting land mass. Erupting lava still adds to the land mass in Hawaii, for instance.

Overall, though, the land mass itself, we are told, only makes up one percent of the entire Pacific area.

First, this episode shows us those insects and other living life ( bacteria) that survive under the land in the subterranean volcanic world and then we see other amazing sights under water which include "flying" fish, and vampire bugs.

The best part of this episode is the second half when it concentrates on some fantastic coral reefs, places where the most colorful and flat-out beautiful fish and plants flourish.

The Crown of Thorns starfish, off the Polynesian Islands has to be seen to be believed.. It can eat up to 65 square feet of coral each year. But that's nothing compared to the Bumphead Parrot Fish who devours as much as five tons of corral. Man, you wonder how the reefs survive,but they do.

Other amazing sights include giant clams off Bora-Bora and a jellyfish lake. It's all topped off by the amazing - and I mean amazing - sights in the remote Kingman Reef, located a thousand miles southwest of Honolulu.

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