Great Barrier Reef

Nature's Miracle

Series 1 - Episode 1 Nature's Miracle

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Review

Consider the epaulette shark. It’s an elegant, spotted beast that hunts in the shallows and rock pools revealed at low tide on the reefs of Australia. In one sequence, we see it half out of the water walking, using its fins, across stretches of coral, a trick it can pull off because it can go without oxygen for long spells. And walking sharks aren’t the only surprise here. For the first time parrotfish have been filmed inflating the mucus bubble in which they sleep.

Monty Halls speaks to us about the wonders of the reef through his dive mask but he’s not essential: it’s the wildlife we want, and one sequence involving a cone snail sucking in a goat fish like a lethal hoover is authentically nightmarish.

Summary

An exploration of Australia's underwater ecosystem, one of the natural wonders of the world and the largest living structure on the planet. In the first of three programmes, marine biologist Monty Halls examines the complex form of the coral reef itself and the wildlife that lives on it, from deadly fish-hunting snails and sharks that can walk on land to fighting corals and parrotfish, which cocoon themselves every night.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Monty Halls
Executive Producer Neil Nightingale
Series Producer James Brickell
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