Friday, August 1, 2014
Stargate Blue Hole and Sponges
Segment 1: Stargate Blue Hole. In a remote part of Andros Island in the Bahamas, a deep crack in the ground leads into a beautiful and stunning underwater cave system. Jonathan joins a veteran cave explorer to plumb the crystal clear water in the depths of Stargate Blue Hole. Segment 2: Sponges. A sponge might not look like much, but these simple animals with no brain or ability to move have lived on Earth for hundreds of millions of years. They can hunt prey and spawn, and Jonathan demonstrates how in this fascinating segment!
Friday, August 8, 2014
Whitetip Reef sharks, Kelp Forest and St. Lawrence Wrecks
Segment 1: Whitetip Reef Sharks. At the remote, lush, uninhabited Cocos Island, 300 miles off the coast of Costa Rica, Jonathan witnesses a nightly hunting ritual. Dozens of Whitetip Reef sharks join together into roving gangs to hunt fish in the reef. Sometimes the fish are pretty good at getting away, sometimes they aren't. Segment 2: The Kelp Forest. Off the coast of southern California, Catalina Island is known is one the greatest places in the world to see Kelp Forests. Jonathan travels to Catalina Island to explore these fantastic undersea forests of plants and meets the animals that live there, including a ray that attacks his camera! Segment 3: River of Wrecks. The St. Lawrence River connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes and as such has been a major shipping channel for hundreds of years. The bottom of the river is littered with the remains of ships that ran aground or were lost during storms. Jonathan explores some of the wrecks and gets a unique look into the history of life along the river.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Blackbeard's Shipwreck and Night Mantas
Segment 1: Queen Anne's Revenge: Blackbeard's Shipwreck. Jonathan joins a team of underwater archaeologists on a project to excavate the remains of the Queen Anne's Revenge, better known as Blackbeard the Pirate's ship. Jonathan assists the archaeologists at the site off North Carolina and learns some of the techniques involved in underwater archaeology! Segment 2: Night of the Mantas. At night off the Kona coast, divers use lights to attract vast clouds of plankton, which in turn attract dozens of Manta rays to feed on the plankton. Jonathan travels to Hawaii to meet these Manta rays, including one particular animal named Lefty who has been coming to this site since 1979.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Invasive Species and Deep Sea Exploration
Segment 1: Invasive Species. Jonathan travels from the St. Lawrence river to the Caribbean, looking at several of the most well-known underwater invasive species and their effect on the environment. Segment 2: The Deepest Dive. Scuba divers are typically limited to just a hundred or so feet of depth, but on this amazing dive, Jonathan explores 1000 feet down in a special submarine and meets an astonishing variety of deep-sea animals from crabs to sharks!