Monterey Bay has a dense underwater forest of giant kelp - the largest on Earth. This forest of 60-meter long kelp provides an ideal habitat for sea otters. This program follows a family of sea otters living in close harmony with this environment, revealing not only how sea otters thrive amongst the kelp but how they also help protect the kelp in turn. The mother spends all of her time and energy raising her newborn. Her young pup learns how to crack open shellfish by imitating her. She desperately tries to protect her young from a seagull attack. These are just some of the amazing moments captured in this rare and intimate animal family portrait.
New Guinea is a true garden of Eden for birds. Some of the most unique are birds of paradise. With plenty of food such as nuts and fruits and very few natural predators, they've been able to leisurely hone their courting skills. The ribbon-tailed astrapia flaps its long white tail feathers, while the blue bird-of-paradise unfurls its feathers to create a pulsating eye-like shape. Since they live deep in the jungle, their courtship displays have long been steeped in mystery. Tadashi Shimada, a wildlife photographer who's made numerous visits to New Guinea over the years, has for the first time ever captured images of the blue bird-of-paradise's courting behavior. This program delves into the fascinating world of these beautiful and mysterious birds.