Synopsis by Elizabeth Smith
Actor Roscoe Lee Browne narrates this Discovery Channel program that takes viewers 3,000 feet below the surface of the ocean near the Galapagos Islands. Located off the Ecuadoran coast of South America, this area was first visited by British biologist Charles Darwin in 1835. His discovery of many new species and organisms thriving on the islands brought this area international acclaim. Unfortunately, since sophisticated submersibles didn't exist in Darwin's day, he was prevented from journeying far beneath the surrounding waters. As this program indicates, today's submersibles allow scientists to spend extended time periods beneath the ocean's surface. The deep ocean journey featured during this program turned up dozens of new species. In fact, the scientists even captured some of the creatures so they could more fully study and classify them.