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LIFE ON THE REEF
Part 3 of 3

 

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth – home to a stunning array of animals, from microscopic plankton to 100-ton whales. From the coral cays of the outer reef to the Islands of the Torres Strait, the reef’s human residents work to find that critical balance between our needs and those of an ever-diminishing natural world.

 

Part 3 of 3
See how humans and the animal residents of the reef prepare for a category five cyclone that brings destruction to the North Queensland coast. As cyclone season finally gives way to calm seas of the dry season, the reef begins to recover and thrive.

 

LIFE ON THE REEF
Part 2 of 3

 

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth – home to a stunning array of animals, from microscopic plankton to 100-ton whales. From the coral cays of the outer reef to the Islands of the Torres Strait, the reef’s human residents work to find that critical balance between our needs and those of an ever-diminishing natural world.

 

Part 2 of 3
Witness the explosion of life as the wet season approaches: corals spawn, sea birds nest and thousands of turtle hatchlings erupt over the beaches. Soon torrential rain and storms will bring change and upheaval to the delicate ecosystem.

 

LIFE ON THE REEF
Part 1 of 3

 

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the richest and most complex natural ecosystems on earth – home to a stunning array of animals, from microscopic plankton to 100-ton whales. From the coral cays of the outer reef to the Islands of the Torres Strait, the reef’s human residents work to find that critical balance between our needs and those of an ever-diminishing natural world.

 

Part 1 of 3
On the most protected island in Australia, 20,000 green sea turtles return to the biggest reptilian breeding colony on Earth.

 

NATURE
Animal Homes: The Nest

Bird nests come in all shapes and sizes, crafted from a diversity of materials, including fur, grasses, leaves, mosses, sticks and twigs, bones, wool, mud and spider silk. Quite a few contain man-made materials – twine, bits of wire, even plastic bags. Each is a work of art, built with just a beak! All over the world, birds in the wild arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.