Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between Showtime and the Smithsonian Institution, is preparing a two-part documentary on the Sea of Okhotsk, one of the world’s richest and most dangerous seas.
Russia’s Wild Sea explores the environment and wildlife of the sea, located 4,000 miles from Moscow in Russia’s Far East, as well as the ingenious adaptations that make life possible in the area despite hardship. Director Franz Hafner and his crew were granted full access to the area, which required arriving by plane and exploring by ship, as no roads reach the shores of the sea.
The program is produced by Interspot Film GmbH for ORF-Austrian Broadcasting Corporation, Smithsonian Networks, Arte France, ZDF, Channel One Russia and National Geographic in association with ORF-Enterprise. Heinrich Mayer-Moroni and Nikolaus Klingohr serve as executive producers for Interspot Film GmbH. Charles Poe and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.
Russia’s Wild Sea premieres June 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel, with part two airing June 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Watch a sneak peek below: