Dive into Ocean Wonders: A Month of Marine Marvels on National Geographic Wild

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  • Secrets of the Whales: A four-part series narrated by Sigourney Weaver, airing Sundays at 18:00 (CAT), explores the complex social lives and communication of five whale species, including Orcas and Humpbacks, with each episode uncovering remarkable whale traditions and behaviors.
  • Super Reefs: Premiering on 30 June at 18:00, this documentary investigates the critical role of Marine Protected Areas in coral reef recovery, following scientists to the southern Line Islands of Kiribati to study the impact of a catastrophic coral bleaching event and the reef’s resilience.
  • Wonders of the Ocean: Airing on 16 June from 19:30, this two-part series takes viewers on a journey through the Pacific Islands, showcasing the extraordinary adaptation and survival stories of diverse marine life amid coral atolls, volcanic landscapes, and remnants of a lost continent.

The ocean, covering over 70% of our planet, produces at least 50% of its oxygen. It’s home to the majority of Earth’s biodiversity and provides the main source of protein for over a billion people worldwide. This June, National Geographic Wild (DStv 182, StarSat 221) dedicates Sundays to the wonders of the sea and the marine life beneath its waves.


Two channel premieres will unveil new aspects of ocean life. The four-part series Secrets of the Whales, narrated by Sigourney Weaver, airs Sundays throughout June at 18:00 (CAT). This series immerses viewers in the complex culture of whales, showcasing the extraordinary communication and intricate social structures of five whale species: Orcas, Humpbacks, Belugas, Narwhals, and Sperm Whales. Each episode features powerful stories, like Orca matriarchs teaching their young to hunt, offering a unique glimpse into whale life.

As the world contends with the fourth recorded global coral bleaching event, National Geographic’s documentary Super Reefs highlights the importance of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in preserving biodiversity and aiding coral reef recovery. Premiering Sunday, 30 June at 18:00, this special follows marine scientists returning to the southern Line Islands of Kiribati in 2021. They investigate the aftermath of a devastating bleaching event six years earlier, which wiped out 50% of the reef, and make remarkable discoveries about the reef’s resilience.

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On Sunday, 16 June from 19:30, viewers can dive into the two-part series Wonders of the Ocean. This documentary explores the diverse Pacific Islands, from coral atolls and smoking volcanoes to remnants of a lost continent, revealing incredible stories of adaptation and survival.

For those who missed the premiere of Secrets of the Octopus, there’s another chance to delve into the fascinating world of these elusive creatures. This series, created by Academy Award®-winning filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large James Cameron, and narrated by Paul Rudd, airs on Friday, 28 June from 18:00. Over three parts, it explores the octopus’s unique abilities, extraordinary intelligence, and secret social lives. These remarkable animals can use tools, transform their bodies to mimic other creatures, and even communicate across species.

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