PBS Takes Audiences Down Under This Summer In New 3-Part Series

Courtesy:  PBS/Northern Pictures

Courtesy: PBS/Northern Pictures

This summer, PBS is taking audiences down under to one of the world’s seven natural wonders of the world when it presents the three-part documentary Life on the Reef.

Life on the Reef will be released on Tuesday, July 28th on DVD and Blu-ray. The documentary takes viewers both above and below the waves of the Great Barrier Reef, examining what makes it great and what continues to threaten not only its existence but that of the creatures that call it home, too. The first of the program’s three segments takes viewers along the reef during Australia’s tourist-heavy winter season. It shows rescue crews responding to both a human and ecological emergency in what is one of the most sensitive regions of the reef as they work to save the planet’s largest turtle rookery.

The second episode of Life on the Reef moves from winter into spring just as the reef really begins coming to life once again. Audiences are taken below the waves in this episode where they will get to see coral spawning and rays returning. On the dry side, viewers will see sea birds returning to the reef to nest and alligators protecting their own nests. Also in this episode, viewers will see rangers and scientists work to stop thorn starfish from creating a potential ecological catastrophe.

In the final of the program’s three segments, spring turns to summer but the threats to the reef don’t end. The entire North Queensland coast hunkers down as a Category Five cyclone bears down on the region. There are also other dangers such as shipping accidents and oil spills to deal with. Even through it all, life still goes on as countless turtles hatch and begin their lives.

Life on the Reef will be available on DVD Tuesday, July 28th. It will retail for MSRP of $24.99. the Blu-ray presentation will go for $29.99. Audiences can check out a trailer for Life on the Reef online now via YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgFY16bloUs. It can be ordered online direct from PBS’ online store at http://www.shoppbs.org/product/index.jsp?productId=65244396&cp=&sr=1&kw=life+on+the+reef&origkw=Life+on+the+Reef&parentPage=search. More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

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