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Iguana in Galapagos

Galapagos – Beneath
the thin blue line


The Galapagos—extreme, isolated, and renowned for unique wildlife and biodiversity. It is one of the most extraordinary places on our planet and home to giant tortoises, penguins, marine iguanas,

blue footed boobies and other marine and avian species not found anywhere else. The ocean surrounding the archipelago protects more diversity than the Amazon Rainforest! And yet most audiences are more familiar with the land species than what lives beneath the thin blue line. ​

The best of science and technology meets the most exquisite natural world in this one-hour documentary. In July 2022, a Galapagos team of scientists, joined by legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, boarded a state-of-the-art research vessel with a customised hybrid submarine to see if the Galapagos waters hold the key to returning the oceans to a flourishing state. Their exploratory mission over two weeks uncovered new creatures to analyse almost every every day. ​

The Galapagos Islands and the extraordinary species rich waters provide the backdrop to this compelling story of discovery, mentorship and inspiration.


  • Director:

    Simon Stanford
  • Producers:

    Johan Candert, Hjalmar Palmgren
  • Executive Producer:

    Carole Tomko
  • Underwater Photography:

    Göran Ehlmé, Johan Candert
  • Photography:

    Simon Stanford
  • Editor:

    Helena Fredriksson

  • Shot on Red 8K

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Galapagos, Beneath the thin blue line