Year: 2016
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Erich Proell

A co-production by ORF, National Geographic Channels, ARTE, NDR and Proell Film in association with ORF-Enterprise
Available worldwide except for Germany and France

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9
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Giants of the Atlantic - Azores

Azoren - Tanz um den Vulkan

It's a gigantic underwater mountain range, rising in the mid-Atlantic. Only a few peaks can be seen near the surface, yet some reach even higher to build nine green gems: the Azores Islands. These volcanic rocks, the only toehold between Europe and America, are of extra- ordinary beauty. The Azores' steep shelves are a play- and mating ground for several kinds of whales. Here, groups of male sperm whales meet females on their never-ending journey from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Humpback whales and gray whales break the surface but blue whales  also come to feed from the vast biomass produced in the ocean's depths. Drifting up from the deep, plankton and krill attract huge schools of fish and squid. Portuguese Men o' War drift threateningly on the surface, while undersea caves host cannibalistic shrimps, manta rays and moray eels. On the islands, the grassy craters of the volcanoes are a winter home to songbirds from Iceland, Russia and North America, while their rocky outer walls form nests for vast colonies of Cory's Shearwaters.

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