Sunday January 28, 6:30pm, channel seven
Episode 5, ‘The Edge’
On tonight’s episode of MASSIVE NATURE, a terrifying ordeal awaits thousands of Adeli penguins in Antarctica. When the young leave their colony for their adult life at sea, a predatory leopard seal lurks menacingly offshore.
A terrifying ordeal awaits thousands of young Adeli penguins. They have been nesting in Antarctica all summer, but at the end of the breeding season it is time to leave the colony for adult life in the open ocean. But as they congregate at the water’s edge, they are about to take the most dangerous leap of their lives; a predatory leopard seal lurks menacingly offshore. Who goes first and where they enter the water will have fatal repercussions for some, but provide a window of opportunity for others.
As the numbers build behind the frontline of penguins, the pressure to jump increases. How can an individual escape to the freedom of the open sea and avoid the jaws of a giant leopard seal? Whether a penguin lives or dies depends on a chain of preceding events and a strategy which will divide the weak from the strong.
MASSIVE NATURE unravels the mystery behind the world’s most spectacular and cataclysmic wildlife events.