The earth 4 billions years ago: Water does not exist — the earth is a gigantic mass of molten rock. Comets formed of ice and dust rain down on the earth. They bring with them water that immediately evaporates. When the projectiles from space become fewer, the earth forms a solid crust as the temperature drops. It starts to rain — it pours! — for millions of years. Finally, a prehistoric ocean covers the entire planet, a thin layer of water disturbed only by a few volcanic peaks.
The aquatic worlds of earth are the most miraculous places on the globe. Oceans cover three-quarters of the earth’s surface, and yet we know less about our oceans than the distant planets of our solar system. Light only penetrates the surface layers of the seas; below this upper part of the sea — eternal darkness and mysterious life prevails. Strange creatures populate the deep sea, many of them never before seen by the human eye. Only with the most advanced technology are we able to take a look into their spectacular world.
In this three-part documentary, Dawn of the Ocean embarks upon a breathtaking journey through time and space to explore the secrets of the world’s oceans. We are treated to a front row seat as researchers illuminate the mysteries surrounding the evolution of the oceans and how life was able to develop in these alien environments. With cutting edge computer animations, we bring prehistoric creatures back to life and reveal the truth behind myth and legend. Photorealistic sequences show how scientists imagine the past and future of the seas.
CGI Image: Megalodon feeding on whale as great white sharks attack it. Megalodon may have reached an intimidating length of 60 feet and gorged on whales. It was the largest predatory fish ever to live. The latest research shows that Megalodons have been extinct for more than ten thousand years.
CGI Image: Plesiosaurus was a large marine sauropterygian reptile that lived during the early part of the Jurassic period. It was distinguished by its small head, long and slender neck, broad turtle-like body, a short tail, and two pairs of large, elongated paddles.
Don’t miss “Dawn of the Ocean“ premiering August 22nd at 9P et/pt.