Patrick up close to the sleeping giants, sperm whales.

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Celebrate Earth Month with New Specials and Series on discovery+

By: Discovery

Brand new documentaries and series on discovery+ include ENDANGERED, produced and narrated by Ellen DeGeneres, which follows the effort of dedicated wildlife conservationists across the globe as they work to compile the latest version of The Red List.

March 24, 2021

Endangered | The Frontline of Conservation 01:15

Meet the global network of scientists who put it all on the line to save the Earth and all of its inhabitants. Endangered, narrated by Ellen DeGeneres, is streaming on discovery+.

This April, let's bring attention to our beautiful world with a month-long celebration of the Earth and all of the wildlife that call it home. From the top of the world to the deepest points in the oceans, Discovery will highlight the people, places, and animals that make our planet so special. Take a look at the upcoming documentary series and specials below that will hit discovery+ next month.

EXPEDITION DEEP OCEAN is the record-breaking mission of explorer and entrepreneur Victor Vescovo, and his Five Deeps Expedition team, made up of scientists and explorers as they set off on the first descent to the bottom of all five of the world’s oceans. With Vescovo at the helm of his purpose-built Triton submarine, they take on the ground-breaking and at times dangerous mission to reach the bottom of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Arctic, and the Southern Oceans, descending up to a record depth of 10,928 meters. The ship’s team of scientists also discover over 40 extraordinary new species and scan areas of the oceans, which are less well-known than the surface of Mars. They brave seismic fault-zones as well as icebergs, and tropical storms in order to gather brand-new information from the bottom of the world. These are world-first missions across a nail-biting five hours, which create a new era of exploration into the deep ocean.

Expedition Deep Ocean | Can Humans Reach the Deepest Points of our Oceans? 01:10

Five record-breaking dives aim to explore the vast depths of our oceans. Stream Expedition Deep Ocean on discovery+.

FIRST TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD tells the remarkable true story of how, in 1968, four “average Joes” from Minnesota teamed up with a French-Canadian bon vivant to make the 500-mile journey across the polar ice cap to the North Pole via snowmobile. Though they had no experience in the Arctic, and were told by the so-called “experts” that their mission was doomed to fail, this working class team of “Minnesota Cronies” persevered through shifting sea ice, sub-zero blizzards, snow-blindness, polar bears, and countless near-death experiences to become the first men ever to complete the overland trek to the North Pole. But that’s only half the story. With the help of acclaimed CBS journalist Charles Kuralt, the unlikely heroes of the Plaisted Polar Expedition peeled back the curtain on a cover-up more than 50 years in the making–and discovered that well-heeled explorer Robert Peary’s 1909 claim of being the first man to reach the North Pole was a fabrication.

THE SWIM follows long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte as he embarks on a historic 5,000-mile-long swim across the Pacific Ocean to gain awareness on the state of ocean health from pollution. After being the first man to swim across the Atlantic in 1998, THE SWIM will follow Lecomte as he journeys six months from Japan to San Francisco.

ENDANGERED (launching April 22, EARTH DAY on discovery+) is executive produced and narrated by Emmy® winner Ellen DeGeneres, and follows the effort of dedicated wildlife conservationists across the globe as they work to compile the latest version of The Red List–the most comprehensive record of the state of the world’s wildlife ever. The Red List, run by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, is more than just a list–it’s a barometer of life.

CHASING OCEAN GIANTS (launching April 29 on discovery+) features Patrick Dykstra, Wall Street lawyer turned BAFTA award-winning ocean cinematographer and modern-day sea explorer who takes his camera places others don’t dare to go. Patrick combines his unique skill set with his love of the marine world and cutting-edge ocean exploration technology–GPS, drones, underwater mapping technology, sonar and more–to seek new and unrecorded ocean phenomena to reveal the secrets of our ocean’s giants. From blue whales off the coast of Sri Lanka to the biggest population of orcas in the world in the Norwegian fjords, Patrick’s journey takes audiences through some of the most difficult and hostile places on Earth, both elemental and man-made. Oceanic storms, freezing waters, and monster waves will hamper him at every turn, but he cannot be stopped. And when he gets to his location, the rewards are huge: breathtaking scenery and displays of animal behavior the world has never seen before.

Plus, if you're in the mood for a marathon on Earth Day, April 22, Discovery Channel will air a marathon of the Emmy nominated series SERENGETI.

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