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In this adventure docuseries, Philippe Cousteau Jr. , the grandson of oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, travels to remote and spectacular locations, including glaciers and volcanoes, to document the natural wonders of the planet. While his grandfather primarily explored the oceans in his films, the younger Cousteau ventures into the land and air as well as the sea. The syndicated series airs on Fox affiliate stations as part of the Xploration Station programming block.

Total Content Digital
4 Seasons, 56 Episodes
September 13, 2014
Documentary & Biography, News
Cast: Philippe Cousteau Jr.
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  • In this episode, we venture into the remote wildness of British Columbia, and get up close and personal with its animal inhabitants.

  • Examine the different methods of farming. We'll join an oyster farmer as he pulls in a harvest off the coast of southeastern Louisiana, and then visit an aquaponics farm in Los Angeles.

  • Travel to Australia to catch the world's deadliest jellyfish. We'll also visit California to see how after years on the brink of extinction that California Condor continues to slowly recover. And finally, a visit to Maui.

  • We visit Pennsylvania to see how engineers are using new technology to fast-track the replacement of more than 500 bridges. Then it's off to New Orleans for an inside look at the city's newly constructed $1.1 billion dollar hurricane protection facility.

  • In this episode, we'll travel to Yellowstone National Park to learn how rescue dogs can find people caught in an avalanche and how rangers manage trails in harsh winter conditions. From there trips to Hawaii and Utah.

  • In this episode, Philippe travels to Pennsylvania to explore a hidden wonder beneath the Appalachian Mountains and see how researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are using cutting-edge science to measure air quality in Pittsburgh.

  • In this episode, we unearth some of the ways scientists, students and regular citizens are working to save our Earth. From creating safe havens for New Zealand's endangered species, to breeding clownfish in Australia.

  • In this episode, we reveal the winner of our first ever #StudentExplorer Contest. Philippe and the lucky student then head to Mexico to swim with whale sharks in the wild.

  • In this episode, Cousteau travels to New Zealand, where he explores Auckland's volcanic field and comes face-to-face with one of the largest insects on the planet.

  • In this episode, Cousteau dives off the coast of Australia to explore the Great Barrier Reef. He then heads to James Cook University to get an up-close look at some of the country's deadliest creatures.

  • In this episode, Cousteau explores the different ways an environmental painter, sculptor, photographer and craftsman blend nature with art

  • In this episode, Cousteau takes us to the American mid-West to see how wildlife in Yellowstone National Park cope with the harsh winter environment. We then climb to the top of Zion National Park's most famous peak before heading to a Pacific island.

  • This week we take flight within the animal kingdom.  Philippe joins a researcher to go into Congaree National Park in South Carolina to catch and tag local bats.  We then look at the flight patterns and tendencies of wood storks.  And finally from caterpillar to butterfly we examine the transformation from crawling to flying.

  • One of the things many humans wish they could experience, just once, is the ability to fly. For many species, flying has proven to be an evolutionary advantage. Take a special look at flight in bats.

  • This week we see how science helps us prepare for natural disasters.  Philippe heads to the University of Miami to see their incredible SUSTAIN lab that can simulate a category 5 hurricane.  Then it's off to learn more about avalanches...

  • This week we see how nature can sometimes be the best classroom.  Philippe heads to Key Largo to join a high school class getting up close with local sea grass habitats. Then we head to the streams of Pennsylvania to go on a "Bio-Blitz"...

  • This week we head to the beautiful landscape of Glacier National Park. Philippe heads out to uncover insect fossils dating back 45 million years. Then we look at the intricate geology of the park itself.

  • This week we look at the wonderful world of insects.  Philippe heads to the University of Texas to see how research helping to control invasive fire ant populations. Then we go to Penn State University to look at the complex societies ants create.

  • Host Philippe Cousteau looks at new ways of cultivating fresh, nutritious food.  He visits a farm in Los Angeles where they grow food on a parking lot, just to show that fresh food can be grown in an urban environment.

  • Host Philippe Cousteau looks at ways scientists are measuring the health of our forests.  In New England, Philippe visits a white pine forest that is being threatened by invasive plants. Visit with students at University of California - Santa Cruz...

  • This week we visit South Carolina. Philippe joins the Department of Natural Resources to tag tiger sharks in Port Royal Sound. Then we head inland for a hike to find wild venus fly traps. From there it's back to the shoreline of Port Royal Sound to examine ecosystem indicators through three different species of crab. Finally Congaree National Park is home to the largest hardwood forest in the US.

  • This week we see examples of people making a difference to help our planet. We start at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation center in North Carolina as Philippe gets a tour of this incredible facility.

  • From majestic humpbacks traveling thousands of miles to Hawaii, elk traversing the Rocky mountains, bizarre horseshoe crabs of deleware bay, we delve into the fascinating World of animal migrations!

  • This week we look to debunk a few predatory myths from our oceans to deserts.  We join the shark research team at the University of Miami for two days of shark studies - first right by the city skyline and then further out to sea.  Then on to Florida...

  • This week we head to the bright sunshine and clear waters of the Bahamas. Philippe will start off getting up close underwater with Great Hammerhead sharks.  Then we join a professional freediver to get a look at the world's deepest saltwater blue hole.

  • Philippe paddles out on a 6-man canoe during a lesson in early Hawaiian navigation. Then it's off to Florida to join members of the Seminole tribe who show us different uses of plants as tools and food in the harsh terrain of the everglades.

  • We head to a winter wonderland in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Philippe joins the avalanche safety team at Ski Lake Louise as they show a few different ways of avalanche control including dynamite blasts on the mountain. Also, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

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