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Wild Australasia Episode 3: Southern Seas

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Australia may be famous for sun, sea and surf, but there's so much more to the marine life in Australia than Bondi Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. Beyond the busy east coast these southern seas break all the rules - they are stranger and more spectacular than anywhere else in the world. Mermaids and dragons glide through the clear blue water, bizarre fish 'walk' along the bottom and on tropical beaches crabs and seagulls have a tug-of-war for food. Even the sea lions here are weird. Southern Seas journeys around the dramatic coasts of Australia and New Zealand revealing the unique wildlife in these waters. Australia is the only continent to have a great coral reef on both sides. On the west coast Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in the world and Australia's best kept secret. It attracts the biggest fish in the sea, whale sharks, as well as shoals of sardines which are so vast they form dark slicks in the shallows. A birds-eye view provides a unique perspective as hundreds of sharks and giant whales part the silvery mass as they lunge into the slick in an incredible feeding frenzy. This is one of nature's most amazing spectacles. South of Ningaloo the desert shore has created another enchanting place. Shark Bay is a vast briny inlet where mermaids graze on the largest sea grass meadows in the world. The mermaids are of course dugongs, massive sea cows which munch away on the submarine prairies which flourish here. Dugongs, solar powered jellyfish and serpents all thrive in these salty waters. Further south a very unusual ocean current washes the underside of Australia making life especially tough. Australian sea lions are the hardest working seals in the world, with a very unusual approach to breeding. Giant cuttlefish defy the harsh conditions when they gather to produce one of Australia's greatest underwater spectacles. In a colourful and flamboyant display thousands of these metre long cephalopods duel with each other in a mesmerising battle for a mate. Australia has been isolated for so long that many of the creatures here are found nowhere else. Strange looking Hand Fish walk along the sea floor on modified fins and the fantastically coloured weedy sea dragon flutter among majestic kelp forests. But the most bizarre fish in the sea is surely the leafy sea dragon, with such elaborate camouflage it looks like it's from another planet. Where else but Australia could you find such bizarre creatures? Australia's Southern Seas are tough places to be. Desert shores, challenging currents and the continent's isolation have all put the squeeze on marine life. Perhaps that's why there are so many unexpected delights. Hardship has simply brought out the best in the Australian seas.
Release Date
2003
Run Time
50 min.
Language
In English
Notes
  • Filmclip
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
BBC, 2003.
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2016.
Recording Info
Originally produced by BBC in 2003.
Publisher no.
1098411 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file) (50 minutes): digital, .flv file, sound
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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