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Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears

  • Episode: 

    5 of 7

  • Title: 

    Dampier peninsula
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Fri 17 Nov 2017
  • TX Confirmed: 

  • Time: 

    8.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 46 2017 : Sat 11 Nov - Fri 17 Nov
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Episode 5 - Dampier peninsula
Ray is up at sunrise on the rugged Dampier peninsula in North West Australia.  He’s here to see a unique phenomenon - the incredible high tides that vary as much as 12 metres between high and low.  He wants to find out just how much these wild tides shape the lives of the animals and people here. Ray explores the rough and heavily indented coastline of Dampier - if it was straightened out, it would stretch half way round the world!
He’s going to cross the peninsula from East to West, and the rushing waters, hidden reefs and whirlpools makes him wonder how the early explorers,  with their wooden sailings ships,  were able to survive here at all!  
As he watches rugged rocks rapidly emerge from the tide, Ray learns that the stirring of the water and the ocean floor creates feeding opportunities for marine life.  Further out, he sees a dolphin mother and her calf.  They are indo-pacific bottlenose dolphins, and they are either playing or chasing something to eat, stirred up by the tide. Perhaps the mother is teaching the little one how to hunt.
He travels with local marine biologist  James Brown to an island of shells among the countless offshore islands.  On the island, Ray comes face-to-face with one of the world’s biggest oysters - one foot across!  But there is no time to explore the island further, as the tide is roaring in again.
Ray drives round the tip of the peninsula with Brian Lee who is one of the local Bardi people to find out how they use the tides to survive.  Brain shows him ancient fossilized footprints in the silted rocky ground which are as old as 20,000 years. He then goes further round the coastline to see the sun set in the west, over a land where the main predator is not a shark or a crocodile, but the wild sea itself. 
Series overview
This brand-new seven part series sees renowned bushcraft expert Ray Mears delving further into the outback. 
Ray travels across Australia to discover how the wildlife and people thrive and adapt in some of the planet’s last great areas of wilderness. 
In this series Ray ventures through turquoise waters, across majestic mangroves, high above mountain ranges and deep into pre-historic forests. In each episode Ray journeys through Australia in search of its remarkable landscapes, the extraordinary wildlife and the people who have survived this  wilderness.