Science
3:27 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

"Pioneers of the Deep" on Life on Fire can be seen Wednesday, February 6th at 7 pm.

In the vast emptiness of the Pacific Ocean, tectonic movements construct or swallow islands. In the Tongan archipelago, two little-known animals have learned to cope with these ephemeral lands risen from the ocean depths: the sooty tern, a seabird that never dares wet its wings for fear of drowning, and the Alvin shrimp, a blind crustacean that manages to find its way around the abyss. When an underwater volcano becomes an island, the fates of these two extraordinary paradoxes are linked.

"Pioneers of the Deep" on Life on Fire airs on Wednesday, February 6th at 9:00 p.m. on channels 3-1 and 3-2.

Eruption of the underwater volcano Hunga-Tonga – Hunga Ha’apai, in the Tonga archipelago.