Stretching a full 2000 kilometres in length and made up of 3000 individual reef systems and hundreds of islands, Australia's Great Barrier Reef is breathtakingly beautiful. Selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981, it is one of the wonders of the natural world. These programmes offer a definitive guide to the secrets of the reef - how it was created, how it works, the intricate relationships between its inhabitants and how climate change and other factors might shape its future. Using the latest specialist filming and visual techniques, the series captures the magic of the reef as it has never been seen before.
Monty Halls may be no accomplished presenter but he clearly loves the Great Barrier Reef. There is some truly awesome wildlife footage. There is a mollusc which creeps up on fish and swallows them while they appear to offer no resistance. The poor sea cucumber has its back passage used as a refuge for eel like creatures. There are plenty of the more beautiful aspects such as the multi coloured fluorescence under UV light but it is the great camera work showing an entire episode rather than disjointed clips. How sharks seek and kill turtles. Not just the kill but how they act socially and that they know there will be plenty even though it is only for 1 day. I loved it and watched it twice.