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Our Big Blue Backyard

Dive into Our Big Blue Backyard, the show which takes you under the sea and into a world of stunning creatures. Made with the support of NZ on Air.

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    Season 1, Episode 1

    G Northland reveals the unique behavior of a majestic predator and its equally charismatic prey. While only in New Zealand do Orca families cooperatively -and ingeniously -hunt rays.

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      G The Kermadec Islands are in New Zealand's northern-most waters, and during spring a plankton bloom triggers a carnival of life, from tiny coral polyps to the largest humpback whales.

      G Around White Island, common dolphins, Australasian gannets, and local reef residents adapt to survive the scorching, toxic conditions on New Zealand's most active volcano.

      G New Zealand's remote Chatham Islands attract roaming predators from all over the South Pacific but the resident blue cod and brown skuas might just be the most ferocious of all.

      G In the wettest corner of New Zealand, where alien ocean creatures flourish under a freshwater layer, crested penguins struggle to raise their chicks in the midst of a harsh Fiordland winter.

      G Auckland Islands: Every summer, massive congregations of New Zealand sea lions and giant spider crabs descend upon the sub-Antarctic Auckland Islands to carry out their violent breeding rituals.

      G Final: In Banks Peninsula's bays, tiny penguins, Hector's dolphins, and wetland birds experience a dramatic spring and summer as the epic migration of an ancient longfin eel concludes.