AN EPIC STORY OF SURVIVAL ON THE ISLANDS OF SUB-ANTARCTICA
Sub-Antarctica – where the mightiest currents on Earth flow uninterrupted around our planet, and where the winds blow incessantly eastward. The vast and icy oceans in this region are peppered by a scattering of tiny islands, inhospitable to man - but crucial to the survival of millions of marine animals that are superbly adapted to life in these extreme conditions. This stunning two-part series explores the wildlife inhabiting these islands, and the predators who hunt them.
In the Southern Atlantic and Indian Oceans, between the latitudes of 40 and 60 degrees South, the South Georgia, Bouvet, Marion and Crozet Islands can be found. Providing a home to some of the world’s largest populations of elephant seals, Antarctic fur seals, wandering albatross, king and macaroni penguins – who come ashore to mate and raise their young - the region is also home to the predatory killer whale.
The islands found in the Southern Indian and Pacific Oceans are so remote that man has hardly ever set foot on them. One of the most inhospitable places on Earth, this group of islands is crucial to the survival of some of the world’s rarest creatures. Southern Right whales breed in the bay of Auckland and Enderby, New Zealand seal lions and yellow-eyed penguins inhabit the beaches and forests. Royal penguins nest only on the island of Macquarie and the royal albatross can be found on the slopes of Campbell Island. And, as ever, where there are breeders there are hunters – not only the killer whale, but the giant petrel hunt in the shallows of the islands.
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