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David Attenborough - Great Barrier Reef

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David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef DVD is from the award winning team behind the triple Emmy award-winning series, David Attenborough s First Life, David Attenborough s Great Barrier Reef, will use pioneering camera technology and draw on the latest research to investigate the reef in revelatory ways including using satellite scanning to show the 2,300km expanse of living coral, and revolutionary macro lenses that will capture the reef s tiniest, normally unseen, life-forms. Combined with David Attenborough s masterful storytelling on location and trademark engagement with wildlife, this series will provide a uniquely authored insight into a global treasure, and uncover the history and secrets of this richly bio-diverse landmark. Attenborough first filmed on the Great Barrier Reef for Zoo Quest in 1957, and has retained a passionate interest in its diverse wildlife and its unique status as the world s largest living organism. Using the combination of cutting-edge technology, innovative filming techniques and ground-breaking new research, Attenborough will show the full complexity of this rainforest of the ocean.

David Attenborough says: People say to me, 'what was the most magical thing you ever saw in your life? ...and I always say without a word of exaggeration, the first time I was lucky enough to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef . As I entered the water I remember suddenly seeing these amazing multi-coloured species living in communities... just astounding and unforgettable beauty. So I m very excited to be returning to the reef with all the latest technology and science to see one of the most important places on the planet in a whole new way.

Nearly 60 years since he last filmed on the reef, Attenborough has returned to make a three-part series featuring the latest in film techniques and marine science to bring the reef to audiences around the world. Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough combines cutting edge scientific research alongside innovative filming techniques. By using the very latest infrared cameras, the hatching of the iconic clownfish is witnessed for the very first time whilst time-lapse macro cameras will expose behaviour of the normally unseen tiny coral animals that built the entire Reef and also reveal the most magical reproduction event on the planet, the annual coral spawn. Furthermore, the programme will show how a shrimp with vision like no other animal on the planet views the natural wonder. The Reef is home to some of the world's most fascinating animals and David captures an array of creatures such as the manta ray, the epaulette shark that walks and the humpback whale that have made the Great Barrier Reef their home. The series also uses the latest satellite tracking data to follow the incredible journeys like those of the dwarf minke whales, green turtles and tiger sharks who travel thousands of kilometres to migrate there. However, in the sixty years since David#s first visit, the Reef is now seriously under threat. Reflecting on his unique experiences, he explains how the Reef has lost almost half its coral since his first visit and will look at what the future holds for it. He is determined to discover how it can be saved. In his quest he consults the Reef's top scientists and visits its island research stations where researchers and their teams are trying to help corals cope with the climates rapid change. David's journey also takes him to the deepest part of the Reef where no one has ventured before, in the hi-tech Triton Submersible, to collect corals that may help scientists to better understand this natural wonder of the world.

Note: All our DVDs are new Australian region 4 DVDs made for Australian DVD players.


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