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Antarctica Comes to Life at OceanFootage

NHNZ Explores the Mystery of the Ice (December 02, 2005)

Out of all the world's continents, Antarctica remains largely inaccessible to most humans. With its desert ice sheets, barren rock, and frigid waters, the Antarctic is an extreme environment for any organism to survive in -- yet the region teems with life.  Now, thanks to OceanFootage, the marine and terrestrial wildlife that have adapted to these extreme conditions are more accessible than ever before, with a stunning new footage collection available at

>From the underwater views below the ice caps, to the white expanses of its frozen wilderness, the OceanFootage Antarctica collection is a feast for the imagination. The Antarctic footage features expeditions by famed nature cinematographer David Hannan, and hours of stunning documentary programming from NHNZ (Natural History New Zealand), among others. The continent is only accessible during a few short months of the year (during the Antarctic Summers) before blizzards and fierce storms once again limit access. These filmmakers have only a short window of time each year in which to reach and film its wildlife and landscapes. Even then, the subzero temperatures and brutally cold environments make filming a challenge.

This challenge makes the images captured in the collection all the more mesmerizing -- the footage provides an impressive view of the continent's vast expanses, icebound coastlines, as well as its rich, hardy and surprisingly varied wildlife.

Antarctic Life Through the Lens of David Hannan

David Hannan acquired his beautiful HD footage of Antarctica during five separate voyages to the remote continent. Filming a variety of wildlife activity at peak season, he captured a wealth of footage documenting six separate species of penguins, elephant and fur seals, wandering and black-browed Albatross, and more.  Hannan's cameras documented the full summer season from South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, to the Antarctic Coast with all of the wildlife to be found there -- plus footage of no less than 35 different kinds of ice! The collection from Hannan was achieved on his expeditions with filmmaker Toni Davis, both making the journey via berths on Linblad Cruise's SS Endeavour.  The resulting footage is an unforgettable visual masterpiece in HD, amply illustrating why Antarctica continues to be such a source of fascination for so many.

NHNZ Explores the Mystery of the Ice

The footage from NHNZ is equally stunning, with a wide array of more than a dozen Antarctica programs. The footage captures the frigid beauty of Antarctica both during Summer and Winter, as well as plunging below the ice caps themselves to see the teeming wildlife of its seas.  The NHNZ Antarctica footage illustrates the indomitability of life even in such an inhospitable environment, and is a testament to the amazing survival strategies of the creatures that thrive there.  Key moments include inside looks at the fascinating Emperor and Adelie Penguins (both topside and underwater), the continent's little-seen volcanic activity, and the beauty and austerity of the ice from shelf to berg to glacier. The collection also spotlights in fascinating detail the heroic endeavors of explorers still attempting to conquer its white expanses.  The NHNZ footage paints an unforgettable picture of the world's icy southernmost point.

About OceanFootage

Founded by a team of accomplished ocean video producers and marine experts, stock footage leader OceanFootage provides the world's largest and finest online collection of ocean stock footage. The people at OceanFootage have gone to great lengths -- and depths -- to provide the most diverse and visually stunning footage collections available anywhere -- representing over 100 cinematographers worldwide.  From Standard Definition to High-Definition video and film, the OceanFootage collection and industry-leading e-commerce interface offers clients the best in search, preview, purchase, and delivery for rapid and easy access to ocean stock footage.

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