Sharks of Lost Is­land

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm, Nat Geo Wild Shark doc­u­men­taries are a dime a dozen. Hap­pily, this one is head and shoul­ders above most oth­ers. As well, the lost is­land of the ti­tle is of in­ter­est: it’s Pit­cairn, that once un­in­hab­ited dot of land in the South Pa­cific. In 1856 the en­tire pop­u­la­tion of 193 peo­ple, made up of mu­ti­neers from the Bounty and their Tahi­tian part­ners, set sail for Nor­folk Is­land. Some re­turned af­ter 18 months. While you do see a bit of the rarely filmed Pit­cairn, you see more of Du­cie, an­other of the four is­lands that make up the Pit­cairn group. But most of all you see the pris­tine wa­ters around Du­cie where, we are told, the ocean is as it was else­where hun­dreds of years ago. There is a po­etic vi­sion to the un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy here as teem­ing wildlife, in­clud­ing ma­jes­tic rays glid­ing through the depths and large shark pop­u­la­tions, in­habit a beau­ti­ful and mys­te­ri­ous world.

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