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Natural history series. David Attenborough examines the journeys made by the birds and whales that visit the reef every year.

In this second episode, David Attenborough continues his exploration of the Great Barrier Reef, aboard the research vessel Alucia. He discovers the creatures that visit the reef every year, from birds to whales, some travelling thousands of kilometres to get there. Using the latest technology, David dives into the shark-infested waters of Osprey Reef in the Triton submersible.

Sixty years after his first visit to Raine Island, he returns to the nesting grounds of the green sea turtle and at Lady Elliot Island marvels at manta ray cleaning stations. New tracking technology allows David to follow the story of visitors like the dwarf minke whales. Stunning satellite imagery and computer animation reveal their journey and David discovers their surprising reasons for returning and why the reef is vital for their survival.

58 minutes

Last on

Thu 11 Jan 2018 16:15



Role Contributor
Presenter David Attenborough
Writer David Attenborough
Director Mike Davis
Producer Anthony Geffen


  • Wed 6 Jan 2016 21:00
  • Sun 10 Jan 2016 14:35
  • Fri 15 Jan 2016 01:35
  • Tue 21 Mar 2017 16:15
  • Thu 11 Jan 2018 16:15

Take an interactive journey

Take an interactive journey

Explore the beautiful but threatened world of the reef with this interactive guide.