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Wildest Islands - Series 1

DVD  |  SBS  |  02 Oct 2013

Wildest Islands - Series 1 | DVD


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The world's most spectacular islands and the people and wildlife who call these jewels home

Islands can be home to the most extreme examples of life and the some of the most dramatic landscapes. Natural selection fuels evolution in the most extraordinary way. Isolated for hundreds of thousands of years, pockets of individuals survive, thrive and adapt to fill all available niches fuelling a rapid development of new species. Wildest Islands combines the fascinating stories of the people and animals who call these jewels home. On Wildest Islands, explore the extremes and rarest of life in these distinctive landscapes. From the rare Red Colobus Monkey, leatherback turtles, armadillos, monkeys and manatees of the Caribbean, to the puffins, basking sharks, otters and corncrakes of the Scottish Hebrides, discover how a variety of amazing species have adapted to island life. Meet the people who have also found ingenious ways to survive and thrive in these remote locations, developing skills, traditions and beliefs that make their island communities unique. Gain an in-depth understanding of these astonishing environments and experience the breath-taking sceneries, remarkable details and colourful cultures that exist throughout the planet's islands. From Africa to Europe to Oceania to South America, Wildest Islands delves into what makes these remote isles special. ZANZIBAR: Land of Giants Lying 40km off the east coast of Tanzania in Africa, the Zanzibar Archipelago has been labeled as the most exotic island chain in the world. Pristine sands and azure blue sea make it a much loved holiday destination, but bizarre creatures, many of enormous size also roam the islands. The worlds largest crab scales trees in search of coconuts, and clouds of giant bats fill the skies at dusk. For centuries, the lure of ivory, spices and gold has attracted empire builders from across the globe, and for over 2000 years people have led simple lives governed by the tides. While women collect octopus on the shores, men risk their lives fishing with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world. Zanzibar is not only an untamed wilderness - it is also a land of giants. CARIBBEAN: The Wild Side of Paradise Between the continents of North and South America is a tropical paradise: The Caribbean. This is an archipelago of over 7,000 islands and reefs, lying within the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. From just a few metres wide, to hundreds of kilometers across, every island is different, and each has its own unique wildlife. This film reveals the Caribbeans secret wild side. Under the cover of darkness, giant leatherback turtles visit Trinidads beaches to lay their eggs. Dominicas volcanic heritage gives it fertile soils, making the island rich in flowering plants. These provide food for some of the Caribbeans fastest movers: hummingbirds. The Caribbeans coral reefs are one of its richest treasures. Many of the species that find shelter here are found nowhere else. These warm, calm waters provide sanctuary for ocean giants too. Humpback whales travel thousands of miles to raise their young in the Caribbean Sea. As summer approaches, these sun-drenched islands become an altogether darker place. The Caribbean is in the firing line of some of the most ferocious storms on earth. Hurricanes bring waves up to 20 metres high, sometimes destroying the reefs themselves. A troop of lobsters undergoes a night-time march to safety. Trinidad, connected to South America until just 12,000 years ago, has its own unique legacy of mainland life. Flocks of luminous scarlet ibis probe the mud for crabs. White-throated capuchin monkeys make the most of island life, searching for conches at low tide. In its tropical forests, manakin birds dance in a bid to attract a mate. In July, the young leatherbacks leave the safety of their nests. Once grown, the females will return to the Caribbeans beaches to lay their eggs, just as their ancestors have done for the last 100 million years. GALAPAGOS: Darwins Eden Situated 1000 kilometres west of Ecuador in S

Title: Wildest Islands - Series 1

Format: DVD

Release Date: 02 Oct 2013

Actor(s): Documentary

Sku: 2237851

Catalogue No: SBS1576

Category: SBS

Disc Count: 2

OFLC Rating: G

Run Time: 260

Video Format: PAL

Region Code: 4

OFLC Advice: General Exhibition

Production Studio: SBS Television

Dubbed Languages: English,

Genre: Special Interest, Travel, Wildlife