Coral Triangle Featured in Animal Planet’s ‘Wild Deep’Catch of the Week
The Coral Triangle has been featured in a three-part documentary in Animal Planet’s “Wild Deep” series.
In a news release, the marine conservation group and nongovernment organization (NGO) Coral Triangle Initiative said the series aim to “highlight the unique marine and coastal resources” found in the triangle and “to unlock the hidden secrets of the ocean’s Amazon.”
The Coral Triangle spans an area of six million square kilometers and is bordered by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, and the Solomon Islands.
It is considered as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity.
The NGO also said the series shows never-before-seen footage under the Coral Triangle’s waters—including newly discovered marine species—while highlighting the people whose livelihoods are dependent on the region’s rich marine resources.
One of the experts featured in the documentary is 78-year-old Valerie Taylor, a renowned Australian underwater photographer and explorer who began filming the Coral Triangle in 1973.
According to Taylor, challenges facing this valuable area include overfishing and pollution.
“I realized that it was an exceptional place. It’s the center of all marine life in the tropical Pacific and Indian Ocean,” she said. “I felt that it should be protected, and its integrity should be maintained. It’s a gift from nature and we should take care of it.”
The documentary started airing 15 January 2014 in Southeast Asia in the cable channel Animal Planet which is owned by Discovery Communications.
(Story courtesy of the Coral Triangle Initiative)