Underwater volcano: into the abyss

Oct 24, 2023 | Animals, Aviation, Environmental, History, Nature, People, Philosophy, Videos

The Tongan archipelago is a place of constant flux, with tectonic movements causing islands to emerge and submerge in the vast Pacific Ocean. But despite such cataclysmic changes, two remarkable creatures have managed to adapt to this ever-shifting terrain: the white tern (Gygis alba), a seabird that never touches the water, and an eyeless crustacean species named Anaspides tasmaniae.

The white tern has evolved to survive without ever needing to touch the ocean’s surface. It glides through air above the crashing waves, hunting for its food and steering clear of any danger that lurks below. As for Anaspides tasmaniae, it was discovered deep in the dark abyss by marine scientists, who were surprised to find a blind creature living so far beneath the waves.

What is even more remarkable is what happens when an underwater volcano erupts into an island: both of these animals must find ways of adapting and working together in order to survive. These two living paradoxes have formed a fascinating symbiosis that viewers can explore in a new documentary film from National Geographic called “Life at Sea”. From exploring this unique example of evolution and adaptation, viewers will gain insight into how life on Earth can be sustained despite immense natural challenges.

The documentary also presents a beautiful portrait of unspoiled nature as well as introducing us to some of Tonga’s many other fascinating inhabitants – from whales and dolphins to sea turtles and rare fish species. With stunning cinematography capturing both life on dry land and beneath the waves, viewers will be captivated by this one-of-a-kind journey into nature’s wonders.

So don’t miss out on witnessing this incredible story of survival – watch “Life at Sea” today!

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