Adventure Ocean Quest
One of the great challenges we face in exploring the oceans is to get close to marine life without disturbing it. Enter freediver Frederic Buyle, whose noiseless diving lets him approach even shy animals. Buyle, who can descend 50 meters on a single breath and stay there for up to four minutes, teams up with underwater cameraman Christian Petron (The Big Blue). Whether in Polynesia, Mexico or the Mediterranean, they work closely with scientists and locals to find answers to the mysteries of our oceans.
S01:E01 - Shark Paradise of Polynesia
French Polynesias great hammerhead sharks are extraordinarily shy animals and still pose many questions, not least where they go during their annual migration. Freediver Frederic Buyle and cameraman Christian Petron team up with scientist Dr. Johan Mourir to investigate these bizarre predators.
S01:E02 - The Giants of Rurutu
Humpback whales have come back from the brink of extinction, but they are still difficult to approach in the water and their behaviour and vocalisations pose many unsolved questions. Dr. Michael Poole wants to find out if the whales respond differently to a silent freediver compared to conventional divers. He and Dr. Cecile Gaspar are trying to establish a comprehensive photographic cataloguing system of the whales that should enable close monitoring of this fragile population and have asked Frederic to dive with the wales and help to observe them in a new way.
S01:E03 - Fragile Mediterranean
Many of the Mediterraneans coastal waters around harbour cities like Marseille were polluted mercilessly in the past, and much of the local reef life died. Now there is change in the air: pollution has been reduced and artificial reefs encourage wildlife to return. Frederic carries out wildlife population surveys here and provides fresh insights for oceanographer Sandrine Ruiton. Frederics results are exceptionally accurate, since noiseless freediving is much less invasive than conventional diving methods.
S01:E04 - The Great White Sharks of Guadalupe
The great white shark has a fearsome reputation and diving with them is definitely a risky business. But Frederic wants to show a different side of the infamous great white: Mexican scientist Dr. Mauricio Hoyos believes that their aggression is triggered by excessive disturbance in the water. He wants to get to the bottom of the sharks secretive migrations and their interactions with other species, including humans.
S01:E05 - 24 Hours on the Reef
The atoll of Fakarava in Polynesia is a true underwater paradise with an extraordinary diversity of wildlife. Frederics freediving mission here is very ambitious: he investigates the atolls 24-hour rhythm of life by diving with its residents around the clock and recording the reefs sounds. Documenting the atolls life in this way brings ground-breaking insights for scientist Prof. Serge Plane and allows him to explore the interrelationships between different reef organisms in unprecedented detail.
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