Ocean Wonderland

Synopsis: In an increasingly hurried and busy world, it is important to take time out to relax, to recharge one's batteries, chill out and perhaps enjoy a little self-indulgence.Come and enjoy the underwater world and experience the sublime pleasure that the combination of natural splendor and beautiful music can bring.This is a special journey that relaxes the mind and soothes the soul.
Production: 3D Entertainment
41 min

Here is where I live.

Well, not right here.

I move around all the time,

visiting my many friends,

keeping an eye on the situation.

I've been doing it for years and years.

And as you can see,

I am far from alone down here.

Sometimes it gets crowded.

The ocean is home

to countless variations of sea life.

My grandfather used to say,

"Even the camels wandering the Sahara,

"even the mountain goats high up

in the Alps are creatures of the oceans,

"for they too depend on the oceans

for their survival.

"Without healthy oceans

no life, not even on land, can exist. "

He'd say that every time he was upset

with the way mankind was treating our home.

Now that I am older and wiser,

I'm starting to understand what he meant.

And that good-looking fellow there,

well, that's me.

If you'd like to tag along,

I'll show you around.

If you come from the inland,

your first encounter with the ocean

is unforgettable.

If you've ever crossed an ocean,

its vastness, its power and serenity

are overwhelming.

But only when you've dived

beneath the waves

does the miracle of the ocean

and all its beauty truly reveal itself.

The ocean wonderland.

Here, and all around the tropics,

is the pulsating heart of the oceans,

the coral reefs.

Now I could go on and on

and tell you all about each and every one

of the 800 known species

of reef-building corals,

where each coral is a tiny

colony of sea life,

or about the incredible diversity

of shapes and sizes.

I could even tell you

that a small coral table, like this one,

is the home to, oh,

about 300,000 inhabitants.

But I won't.

Too dry. Boring.

Okay, but here's a question for you.

What is coral? Is it plant or rock?

It's a trick question. It's neither.

It's an animal.

Imagine thousands and thousands

of tiny creatures clustering together,

and sharing a common skeleton

made of limestone.

That's what coral reef is.

Skeletons built upon skeletons,

until big, well, sometimes absolutely huge

structures are formed,

like here, the Great Barrier Reef

in Australia,

which is so enormous

it can be seen from space.

Well, that's what they tell me.

I've never been.

Like me, corals are sensitive creatures.

They thrive only in clear, warm waters

with lots of sunlight filtering through.

Coral is fragile

and it grows ever so slowly.

So, if some klutz breaks off a branch

of this staghorn coral,

it would take many years

for it to grow back.

Something to think about next time you're

tempted to break off a little souvenir.

Big boulder corals seem to live forever.

This one is over 500 years old.

Grandfather told me that our family

has been swimming on the reefs for ages,

over 100 million years, actually.

The nooks and crannies,

the complex structure of the reef

is something that appeals

to a vast number of species.

There are over 4,500 different types of fish

on the reefs.

They make the reef their home

and playground

and also their battleground.

The batfish,

curious and gentle wanderers

in and around the reef.

These are pompano, rather well-behaved

during the day, but predators by night.

With their bright colours

and their beak-like jaws,

it's no wonder they're called parrot fish.

The giant Napoleon wrasse

is a fabulous character,

reaching a weight of 400 pounds,

always inquisitive,

always with an eye on the next meal.

Puffer fish, about as fast a swimmer

as poor cousin Quincy,

are protected by a poisonous flesh.

Like their name indicates,

they can puff themselves up with water

when they feel threatened.

They become bigger and scarier-looking

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