Science and Nature

Big Pacific

Plunge into the Pacific with researchers and cinematographers and see the ocean’s rare and dazzling creatures in a way never before seen on television. The show examines an ocean that covers a third of the Earth’s surface.

Passionate

54m 11s

In the Pacific, the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations. There are forest penguins with a tenuous marriage, the secret rendezvous of great white sharks, and the tale of male pregnancy.

Episodes

  • Behind the Scenes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Behind the Scenes

    S1 E5 - 53m 40s

    Filming the big Pacific, an ocean that covers a third of the planet, was a grand idea that became a gigantic undertaking. This "Making Of" special explores the highlights and challenges of wildlife filmmaking.

  • Passionate: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Passionate

    S1 E4 - 54m 11s

    In the Pacific, the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations. There are forest penguins with a tenuous marriage, the secret rendezvous of great white sharks, and the tale of male pregnancy.

  • Voracious: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Voracious

    S1 E3 - 54m 11s

    There is plenty of food in the Pacific Ocean, but it is the challenge of finding that food that drives all life in the Pacific. In the voracious Pacific we meet a destructive army of mouths, a killer with a hundred mouths and the biggest mouth in the ocean.

  • Violent: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Violent

    S1 E2 - 54m 10s

    Violence is part of life in the Pacific and those that live here must choose whether to avoid conflict or rise to meet it. The Pacific Ocean is a hunter’s paradise. From the skies of Snake Island to the teeming tropics, animals are reinventing the delivery of death on a grand scale. Surrounded by the Ring of Fire, this ocean is the epicenter of natural mayhem.

  • Mysterious: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Mysterious

    S1 E1 - 54m 11s

    Man has explored land, the ocean’s surface, and large parts of the solar system, and in the 21st century we are just beginning to explore the depths of the Pacific Ocean. We yearn to unravel the mysterious Pacific – but she does not give up her secrets willingly.

Extras + Features

  • Episode 5 Preview | Behind the Scenes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 5 Preview | Behind the Scenes

    S1 E5 - 30s

    Filming the big Pacific, an ocean that covers a third of the planet, was a grand idea that became a gigantic undertaking. Follow the adventures of the filmmakers behind the series. This "Making Of" special explores the highlights and challenges of wildlife filmmaking.

  • Episode 5 Extended Preview | Behind the Scenes: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 5 Extended Preview | Behind the Scenes

    S1 E5 - 1m 31s

    With the best crews and the latest technology, the Big Pacific series travels to 20 countries, 77 different locations, filming an ocean that covers one third of our planet. Find out how the crews made this ambitious project possible.

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    Filming Pufferfish

    S1 E5 - 3m 38s

    Follow behind the scenes with the Big Pacific film crew to Amami Oshima, off the coast of Japan. Cameramen Peter Kragh and Ernie Kovacs set out to film a mysterious pufferfish. They must find creative ways to film without destroying the pufferfish’s delicate sand circles.

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    Snake Island

    S1 E5 - 3m 26s

    The Big Pacific crew travel to Shedeo, or Snake Island, to film pit vipers preying on migrating songbirds. The essential shot for the story, or money shot, is the moment a pit viper captures a bird. Cameraman Scott Snider searches for that moment among 20,000 snakes. While under the concealment of a hide, cameraman John Betz captures an unexpected encounter instead.

  • Episode 4 Preview | Passionate: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 4 Preview | Passionate

    S1 E4 - 30s

    In the Pacific, the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations. There are forest penguins with a tenuous marriage, the secret rendezvous of great white sharks, and the tale of male pregnancy.

  • Episode 4 Extended Preview | Passionate: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 4 Extended Preview | Passionate

    S1 E4 - 1m 14s

    In the Pacific, the quest to multiply has spawned a stunning array of unusual behaviors and adaptations. There are forest penguins with a tenuous marriage, the secret rendezvous of great white sharks, and the tale of male pregnancy.

  • Yellow-eyed Penguins: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Yellow-eyed Penguins

    S1 E4 - 4m 15s

    Yellow-eyed penguins care for their young together. Nesting in the dense New Zealand forest, the pair will take turns fishing so one parent is always watching over their chicks. But when the breeding season ends and the offspring leave, the partnership will dissolve – until the next mating season.

  • Sea Otters

    S1 E4 - 3m 9s

    For some life in the big Pacific, mating can be the kiss of death: Along the California coastline sea otters’ courtship is a wrestling match with no holds barred and females can be drowned in the process.

  • Grunions: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Grunions

    S1 E4 - 3m 24s

    A mass spawning event happens on an empty shoreline high in the Gulf of California: the grunion run. Thousands of silvery bodies flicker in the shallows in an explosion of life and death. No other fish spawns so boldly, in the open air, under blazing sun. This is a tidal wave of reproduction.

  • Episode 3 Preview | Voracious: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3 Preview | Voracious

    S1 E3 - 30s

    There is plenty of food in the Pacific Ocean, but it is the challenge of finding that food that drives all life in the Pacific. In the voracious Pacific we meet a destructive army of mouths, a killer with a hundred mouths and the biggest mouth in the ocean.

  • Manta Rays: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Manta Rays

    S1 E3 - 2m 47s

    Manta rays stretch to 15 feet across. To reach this size, they must nearly constantly feed on prey so minute it is just a haze in the water. A rich patch of plankton starts a feeding frenzy amongst the manta rays. They gracefully glide though the water while filtering the plankton with feather-like "rakers" deep within its gills.

  • Marine Iguanas: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Marine Iguanas

    S1 E3 - 3m 27s

    On the Galapagos Islands, marine iguanas have developed new behaviors to make the most of the rich meadows of algae offshore. They can hold their breath up to an hour while feeding on the algae. After the excursion, a gland in the marine iguana’s nose filters out excess salt that it unavoidably ingests while foraging in the ocean. Then all the iguana has to do is sneeze.

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