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Year: 2016
Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.

Directed by Erich Proell

A co-production by ORF, National Geographic Channels, ARTE, NDR and Proell Film
Available worldwide except for Germany and France

Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Format: 16:9 , 16:9
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Giants of the Atlantic - Azores

Azoren - Tanz um den Vulkan

It's a gigantic underwater mountain range, rising in mid-Atlantic. Only a few peak near the surface, or reach still higher to build nine green gems: the islands of the Azores. These volcanic rocks, the only toehold between Europe and America, are of extra- ordinary beauty. The steep shelf of the Azores is a play- and mating ground for several kinds of whale. Here groups of male sperm whales on their never-ending migration from the Arctic to the Antarctic, meet females. Humpback whales and gray whales break the surface - and blue whales come here too, to feed from the vast biomass produced in the ocean's depths. Drifting up from the deep, plankton and krill attract huge schools of fish and squid. Portuguese Men 'o' War drift threateningly on the surface, while undersea caves host cannibalistic shrimps, manta rays and moray eels. On the islands, the grassy craters of the volcanoes are a winter home to songbirds from Iceland, Russia and North America, while their craggy outer walls form nests for vast colonies of Cory's Shearwaters.

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