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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Scuba Diving Paradise South Pacific on BBC

Sunday nights might have felt a bit barren for scuba divers after Monty Halls bid farewell to the west coast of Scotland (not that he did much underwater exploring).

But fear not, BBC2 will this weekend launch a new series to sate our appetites while we wait for the summer jollies scuba diving in far flung destinations.

The South Pacific Ocean of Islands series will explore the "isolation of the region's islands, the extraordinary journeys wildlife and humans have taken to reach these remote specks of land and what happened to both after their arrival".

The BBC promises the series will include footage of undersea volcanoes attempting to form new islands, tiger sharks snatching newly fledged albatross chicks and bizarre human rituals that involve people jumping from 20-metre wooden scaffolds with only forest vines to break their fall.

The first programme this Sunday features remarkable (that's what they say) footage of a huge ocean wave filmed from beneath the surface, revealing features never before captured on camera.

"It reveals the hidden power of a four-metre-tall monster barrel wave. It also shows the first images of underwater spiralling vortices created by the wave's action," the BBC reports.

"I really wanted to slow the wave down, so it was like being there, immersed in that environment," says the BBC's Huw Cordey, series producer of South Pacific.
"I wanted to capture the scale of the event."

South Pacific: Oceans of Islands will be broadcast on BBC Two from Sunday, 10 May 2009 at 2030 BST.

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