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Mysteries of the Ocean Wanderers  (1994)

Opening sequence

Focusing on a pair of albatrosses during the year they produce and raise a chick, Mysteries of the Ocean Wanderers is an engaging and atmospheric insight into the wildlife of the sub-Antarctic Crozet Islands. A classic example of world-renowned wildlife filmmakers’ David and Elizabeth Parer’s powerful cinematography, the production won a Golden Panda at Wildscreen 1994.

Delving into a previously unknown area, the film follows the intriguing work of French scientist Henri Weimerskirch as he uses satellite tracking and time-depth recorders to follow the ever changing population of these remote isles.

Bringing to light the incredible lives the animals have at sea, ABC collaborated with the BBC and National Geographic on this hour long, award-winning piece, offering an unique view into the epic and varied journeys undertaken each year. Once the breeding frenzy is over giant albatross disappear over the vast Southern Oceans, elephant seals lumber away and King penguins exit en masse.

Beautifully filmed, Mysteries of the Ocean Wanderers is a fascinating look at the little understood migratory patterns of Antarctic animals, as scientists seek to unscramble an ancient enigma.

Film credits

Additional Photography: Nigel Brothers
Additional Photography: Lindsay Cupper
Associated Broadcaster: National Geographic Television & Film
Associated Broadcaster: BBC - Natural History Unit
Executive Producer: Dione Gilmour
Film Editor: David Luffman
Music: Martin Friedel
Narrator: David Attenborough
Photography: David Parer
Producer: David Parer
Producer: Elizabeth Parer-Cook
Production Assistance: Josie Barba
Production Manager: Simon Boyle
Production Organisation: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Sound: Brice Grunden
Sound: Elizabeth Parer-Cook
Sound Editor: Craig Carter
Sound Editor: Mark Street
Sound Mixer: James Currie
Title Design: Peter Netley
Title Design: Philip Cordingley
Title Design: Dan Mavric
David Parer and Elizabeth Parer-Cook at Wildscreen, 1994
David Parer and Elizabeth Parer-Cook at Wildscreen,...
Macaroni penguin colony
Macaroni penguin colony