‘Southern Ocean Live’ Broadcasts Pictures And Sounds From Australia’s Deep Blue Sea

While we freeze beneath our doonas, Australia's marine life is having the time of their lives.

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Remember when we all wanted to be marine biologists?

Well we’re guessing that Southern Ocean Live, a live event arriving on the small screen tonight, will remind us why.

As it happens, tonight is also the winter solstice: the shortest day and longest night of the year; signalling that winter is well and truly here. But it’s not all doom and gloom — it’s during the chilly months that Australia’s southern seas are thriving: whales migrate to the country’s shores, penguins shelter in their colonies, and giant cuttlefish aggregate to breed. Must be nice!

As these fascinating marine events only happen for a few weeks of the year, some genius came up with the idea of a  90-minute live event broadcasting pictures and sounds from Australia’s deep blue sea, reminding us that while we’re all freezing in our silly little apartments, there are animals off Australia’s southern coastline having the time of their lives.

The episode will also feature stories about great white sharks, killer whales, seahorses, and humpback whales, while also connecting with traditional owners along the coast.

Former Q&A host Hamish McDonald will host the event from Phillip Island’s iconic Penguin Parade alongside journalist Dr Ann Jones and underwater reporters Lucas Handley, Sheree Marris, and Dr Dean Miller.

Southern Ocean Live premieres Tuesday 21 June (tonight!) at 8.30pm on ABC iview and ABC TV.