Nature & Animals

Amazing Journeys

Join the sweeping spectacle of hundreds of migrating zebras in the vast plains of East Africa. Witness the mysterious migration of more than 120 million red crabs on tiny Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. Encounter the affectionate curiosity of majestic gray whales in the beautiful lagoons of Mexico’s Baja California. Enter a golden blizzard as tens of millions of monarch butterflies fill the sky in the hidden highlands of Mexico. Take flight alongside migratory birds navigating by sun, stars, and instinct. Travel back in time among exotic tribes of Africa to explore the roots of human migration. 1999, 32 mins.

Antarctica

Join in the search for scientific clues locked in centuries-old ice…fly a helicopter over towering glacial peaks…dive through a submerged crystalline cavern in Chaos Glacier…join a company of penguins in an underwater ballet. 1991, 38 mins.

The Last Continent

Narrated by Donald Sutherland, this thrilling, feature-length documentary chronicles the brave group of scientists on board the Sedna IV as they explore the Earth’s most fascinating and isolated continent. While on their dangerous and exhilarating 430-day adventure, the crew examines the effects of climate change on the wildlife and the majestic Antarctic landscape. 2007, 105 mins.

Life

Life is a stunning nature documentary series which takes a global view of the specialized strategies and extreme behavior that living things have evolved in order to survive; what Charles Darwin termed “the struggle for existence”. 2009, 10 episodes, 50 minutes each.

Natural World: Himalayas

Documentary looking at the wildlife of the most stunning mountain range in the world, home to snow leopards, Himalayan wolves and Tibetan bears. Snow leopards stalk their prey among the highest peaks. Concealed by snowfall, the chase is watched by golden eagles circling above. On the harsh plains of the Tibetan plateau live extraordinary bears and square-faced foxes hunting small rodents to survive. In the alpine forests, dancing pheasants have even influenced rival border guards in their ritualistic displays. Valleys carved by glacial waters lead to hillsides covered by paddy fields containing the lifeline to the East, rice. In this world of extremes, the Himalayas reveal not only snow-capped mountains and fascinating animals but also a vital lifeline for humanity. 2011, 60 mins.

Oceans

The team ventures into one of the world’s most hostile environments, the Arctic Ocean, which plays a crucial role in controlling our climate. 2008, 60 mins.

Ocean Voyagers

This extraordinary and evocative film chronicles the maiden voyage of a newborn humpback whale, alongside his enormous yet gentle 40-ton mother. The film charts their perilous ocean journey during the first few months of his life. We will learn about the unique culture in which humpbacks grow up, and hear him learn to sing nature’s most complex song. 2007, 72 mins.

Supernatural: The Unseen Powers of Animals

This groundbreaking series unravels the extrasensory feats and near-paranormal powers of animals. It journeys to the outer limits of scientific knowledge to find a parallel animal universe where life exists in other realities and has powers that almost defy belief. Here sharks perceive human electric auras and dolphins use ultrasound to see a human foetus in the womb. There are monkey herbalists, frogs that have mastered the art of cryogenics and lizards that walk on water or cry blood. Supernatural not only looks at animal hypnosis and the healing powers of fish and dolphins, it even explains weird phenomena such as animals foretelling earthquakes or forecasting the weather and fish that rain from the sky. Note: the first two episodes don’t work from this link; skip ahead to the third! 2008, 7 episodes, 30 mins each.

Weirdest Planets

With temperatures ranging from 1000 to 2000°C, gravity 15 times stronger than Earth’s, and a year that lasts just 5.6 of our days, HAT-P-2b is not a planet you’d want to visit for vacation. The unusual gas giant—located 440 light-years away in the constellation Hercules—turns out to be the most massive planet found outside our solar system so far. Astronomers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, spotted the superdense planet using the HATNet global network of automated telescopes, which scans a large fraction of the Northern Hemisphere sky every night to search for planets. HAT-P-2b, the second planet the project has discovered, stunned scientists with far-out features unprecedented for an alien world. HAt-P-2b is but one of the odd planets in the cosmos. Journey further into space with this documentary, and discover the weirdest planets of our universe. 2009, 50 mins.

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