Wildest Ocean on Earth (03:04)
The Atlantic Ocean stretches from the Arctic to the Antarctic, housing plants, animals, and people. In the Caribbean, a two year old Atlantic spotted dolphin grows up with his mother. Over the course of nine months, the Caribbean paradise turns hellish.
Social Life of Dolphins (03:45)
The sun is the source of the tropical Atlantic's life, with its heat and light. The coolest month of February is still 23 degrees Centigrade. Atlantic spotted dolphins chatter in the shallows in tight-knit social groups.
Manatee Habitats (02:07)
The waters of the Caribbean begin to warm after February. Manatees are related to elephants, weighing close to a ton. They do not have much blubber, so warm waters are essential.
Snappers and Sharks (02:35)
Solitary snappers gather to mate in shoals of 10,000. They meet at dusk, partially shielding them from the view of predators. A whale shark discovers them and devours their eggs.
Underwater Wonderland (02:28)
Along the Caribbean coastline, mangrove forests provide sanctuaries for hundreds of species of fish, including snappers. These environments are among the richest in life on earth with sheltered nurseries.
Wind and Sea (02:17)
The African sun keeps the Sahara desert hot--one of the hottest places on Earth. The heat fuels winds that blow west, out into the Atlantic. African fishermen know these trade winds well.
Mangrove Tree Natural Filtration System (02:29)
Far out into the Atlantic, African fishermen count on the wind to ensure their safety. The trade winds send clouds west, bringing rain to the Caribbean.
Dolphin Hunters (01:56)
Adolescent dolphins off of the Bahamas begin to hunt for themselves, with teamwork. They herd fish together, learning to work together.
Symbiotic Relationships (03:23)
By midsummer, plant life is flourishing. Manatees feast on sea grass, which grows three centimeters per day. Algae grow on the backs if manatee and parrot fish pluck it off while Cassiopeia jellyfish sunbathe.
Mangrove Lagoons at Nightfall (03:03)
Hailing from Belize, Clifford the fisherman slips unnoticed by the fish. Single celled flagellates glow with bioluminescence, charged with sunlight. The light allows Clifford to fish in the dark.
Glowing Corals (02:11)
The ecosystem of the reef works hard with the sun's power. Glowing coral reefs protect themselves from ultraviolet sunlight by glowing via a special protein.
Nighttime Predators (04:14)
In August, the waters are 29 degrees Centigrade. In the dark of the warm water, a tarpon swims at up to 60 kilometers an hour, swallowing his prey whole.
Fighting Males (03:42)
An Atlantic spotted dolphin swims with her calf; she is in estrus and attracts a persistent male who she disregards. Male dolphins will work together in groups to hunt for mates. They pin the female to the floor of the ocean.
Threatening Sun (02:19)
As it gets hotter in the ocean, the coral reefs eject algae and lose their food source. Shortly after, they turn white, and if the temperature does not go down soon, the corals die.
Birth of a Hurricane (03:59)
Off the coast of Africa lies Cape Verde, a tropical storm is brewing. The fishermen suffer dangerous conditions, then turn back to avoid the tropical storm. The trade winds will quickly blow the storm away, but as warm air rises from the sea and air is sucked in below, a vortex forms.
Wrath of a Hurricane (02:46)
Twelve hours before the hurricane hits land, thunderstorms bring rain and gusts of wind over 110 kilometers an hour. Hurricanes can break up dolphin groups, endangering young calves.
Growing Sanctuary (02:19)
Mangrove forests roots create safe places that house creatures like manatees during hurricanes. Mangrove seedlings are dispersed via the storm and will take root far from their parent trees.
Nature Bounces Back (02:34)
The torrential rain of the hurricane cools the water allowing the coral reef to open to the algae again. Dolphins must reunite with their groups to survive.
Credits: From Heaven to Hell (Tropical)—Atlantic: Wildest Ocean On Earth (00:42)
Credits: From Heaven to Hell (Tropical)—Atlantic: Wildest Ocean On Earth
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