Biology


Are You What Your Mother Ate? The Agouti Mouse Study 15 min.

Jirtle and Waterland’s Agouti Mouse research has been called one of the most important study’s of the 21st century. It is hugely significant for our understanding of both the epigenetic mechanisms that change gene expression and the relationship between Nature and Nurture in psychology and sociology. The film combines original interview and laboratory footage of Professor Jirtle to both tell the s...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2018

The Bahamas 26 min.

Voiced by a local conservation officer, this episode explores one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, which stretches for nearly a thousand miles in the Caribbean Sea. Working together with local scientists and conservation workers, the Golden Shadow team documents the reefs in the Bahamas and probes their ability to cope with the perils of climate change.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Cook Islands 26 min.

The people of the Cook Islands have created one of the world’s largest marine parks, and now they’re working together to figure out what that means to a bevy of conflicting interests, from fishermen to miners. The scientists aboard the “Golden Shadow” lend their expertise, exploring reefs at a far-flung island and helping the residents map their resources.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Galapagos 27 min.

Situated at the confluence of major currents, the Galapagos Islands are not tropical – in fact they are cold. Reefs were only discovered here in 1975. With the help of a local guide, the team battles rough seas and cold water. They discover some flourishing reefs at Darwin Island and, further south, a natural laboratory to test the future of what reefs might expect in just a few decades.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Global Reef Expedition 180 min.

GLOBAL REEF EXPEDITION follows an international team of scientists as they study six of the most remote coral reefs on earth. Journeying to unexplored locations as well as to those more well-known, the team is on a mission to find out how coral reefs are faring. Along the way they face challenges and make new discoveries about life in our oceans. During their five year journey onboard the researc...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Great Barrier Reef 27 min.

The team settles in for a month on the Great Barrier Reef, the largest reef in the world. One scientist is studying sharks and, in a flashback we visit French Polynesia where sharks abound and the team films their natural feeding behaviors for the first time ever. Back on the GBR, the scientists explore the northern reef, which until recently was the healthiest part. The program concludes with new...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Indian Ocean 27 min.

The scientific team aboard the “Golden Shadow” visits the Chagos Archipelago, a tropical paradise with some of the healthiest coral reefs on the planet. They come to study reefs seemingly untouched by man, but instead become witnesses to a bleaching incident that transforms the reefs right before their eyes. Before they leave, they also discover rays of hope in little sprigs of coral that fight on...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Jamaica 26 min.

These reefs, once the most famous in the world, are now struggling just to survive. Local fishermen have to work much harder to make a living. They team up with conservationists, the Jamaican government, and “Golden Shadow” scientists to set up a fishing sanctuary, hoping to restore their endangered fishery.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Secrets of Primeval Times - The Language of Tortoises 24 min.

We long believed they were mute and deaf, but it turns out tortoises can speak! In a fragmented yet refined manner, at low frequencies they are able to communicate across great distances in deep waters and at high frequencies in shallow waters to locate each other. But that is not it—even their embryos "speak" to each other and agree on when to hatch out of their eggs. This program offers a fascin...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Silver Bullet Microbiome - Little Helpers, Big Impact 55 min.

More microorganisms live in and on our bodies than our bodies have cells. Bacteria, fungi and viruses form our microbiome and its condition is crucial to our health. Our “lodgers” are responsible for a large part of our immune defences, protect our skin, and communicate with the brain, but above all, as what are known as “intestinal flora,” they facilitate our metabolism.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017