Sharks of Lost Island
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.