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Australia: Earth's Magical Kingdom

  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Education
  • Nature

Summary

A look at the magic of Australia.

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Episode 2: Ocean

Summary

How the country's surrounding oceans - the Southern Sea, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean - create a unique environment for numerous creatures. In the waters off south Australia, sealions, once a rare sight, are now thriving, while in the wide shallows of Spencer Gulf, a mid-winter gathering of colourful giant cuttlefish battle for mates. Off the west coast, in the warm currents of the Indian Ocean, brown boobies build makeshift nests, while further south tiger sharks sweep in to prey on a whale carcass. Narrated by Barry Humphries.
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Review

In this episode, we see how creatures in the three oceans around Australia’s varied coastlines survive and thrive. And there’s one scene involving angry cuttlefish that will live long in the memory – they don’t just change colour and shoot out dense black ink, but get properly physical. It’s a real eye-opener.
 
Elsewhere aerial photography comes into its own, including a view of what might be the only albino humpback in the world, first spotted in the early 1990s in New South Wales. He’s even got a name.
 
And there’s plenty for bird-lovers to enjoy: like the rare Gould’s petrel that’s obliged to climb palm trees in order to take flight from its rainforest home, and the brown booby that has to fight in the air to hold on to its dinner.

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Executive producerKarina Holden
Executive producerCaroline Hawkins
Series directorTosca Looby

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  • Episode 2

    Ocean

    Summary

    How the country's surrounding oceans - the Southern Sea, the Pacific and the Indian Ocean - create a unique environment for numerous creatures. In the waters off south Australia, sealions, once a rare sight, are now thriving, while in the wide shallows of Spencer Gulf, a mid-winter gathering of colourful giant cuttlefish battle for mates. Off the west coast, in the warm currents of the Indian Ocean, brown boobies build makeshift nests, while further south tiger sharks sweep in to prey on a whale carcass. Narrated by Barry Humphries.
    Recommended

    Review

    In this episode, we see how creatures in the three oceans around Australia’s varied coastlines survive and thrive. And there’s one scene involving angry cuttlefish that will live long in the memory – they don’t just change colour and shoot out dense black ink, but get properly physical. It’s a real eye-opener.
     
    Elsewhere aerial photography comes into its own, including a view of what might be the only albino humpback in the world, first spotted in the early 1990s in New South Wales. He’s even got a name.
     
    And there’s plenty for bird-lovers to enjoy: like the rare Gould’s petrel that’s obliged to climb palm trees in order to take flight from its rainforest home, and the brown booby that has to fight in the air to hold on to its dinner.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorBarry Humphries

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerKarina Holden
    Executive producerCaroline Hawkins
    Series directorTosca Looby
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