Strangers in Paradise
In sheltered island world’s life evolved to a different pattern. These fragile products of isolation are at risk only to strangers.
The setting for Islands is the world’s greatest ocean, the Pacific which covers almost half the earth’s surface. This vast expanse of salt water is a barrier that very few creatures can cross. If it was easy the plants and animals of islands would be like those of the continents and all continents would be the same. Thanks to the sea life on islands is very different: 60 percent of the world’s unique plant and animal species are found on these biological treasure troves.
Explores how life changes on islands free from competitors and predators. In these amiable Gardens of Eden, plants and animals are able to experiment with new lifestyles. Insects, reptiles and birds can take on roles normally associated with mammals. But these unique island worlds are very vulnerable. When humans arrived in the Pacific, they brought with them the plants and animals of continents, which had been forged, in the furnaces of stiff competition. The fragile inventions of islands were doomed. The Pacific is a region of tremendous wildlife importance and desperately needs protection before the unique and wonderful island life disappears forever.