Scientists estimate 90 percent of the earth's species have yet to be discovered, and some may be extinct before we even know they exist. ABC7 goes along with the California Academy of Sciences on the biggest expedition in its history, to the Philippines, a biological hotspot - extremely diverse and extremely threatened.
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Scientists find 500 new species of life
Bay Area scientists and their Filipino colleagues discover what they believe are as many as 500 new species - many colorful, poisonous and just plain weird. They explore coral reefs and rain forests, and reach out to the Filipino people with the help of a sea horse as an animal ambassador.
Segment 1 (00:00 - 17:55)
New species of shark in a threatened eco-system
The Philippine islands have some of the most diverse and important habitats on the planet, but they are facing serious environmental threats. Find out more about a nation with exotic charm, but serious growing pains. Also join Academy scientists as they look for sharks and discover a new species.
Segment 2 (17:55 - 23:55)
Aquarium treasures and deep sea trawling
California Academy of scientists bring back cool creatures for their Philippines aquarium exhibit, including an octopus never displayed before in the United States. Another academy team trawls the deep sea to find out what lives below where divers can go.
Segment 3 (23:55 - 33:40)
Scientists find bugs and snakes and protect consumers
Join scientists as they comb through a Philippines fish market, looking for DNA samples to help ensure American consumers are getting what they pay for when they buy fish. Another Academy team searches for insects and spiders - some dangerous and some with stunning beauty. Reptile and amphibian researchers make great finds in a pristine forest that almost no one is allowed to visit.
Segment 4 (33:40 - 44:15)
It's not too late:
The Philippines eco-systems are in danger, but they are worth protecting. Academy scientists find reason for hope as ordinary citizens step up to protect their natural resources.
Segment 5 (44:15 - 49:42)
Written and produced by Jennifer Olney.