In its latest doc special The Last Unknown, Discovery+ is taking viewers on a wild ride to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, one of the most remote places on earth, found in the frigid waters between Siberia and Alaska. Award-winning photographer Ian Shive joins a team of scientists and researchers from U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to document the area’s iconic wildlife.
“This isn’t your typical wildlife documentary, but a groundbreaking, wild adventure that intertwines the human experience of going where few people have ever been before, and the emotionally charged, life-changing moments that can only happen when you stand amidst some of the most spectacular wildlife spectacles on Earth. I am so excited to bring audiences along for the ride!” Shive said in a statement.
The Aleutian Islands are a network of 2,500+ islands that jut out into the middle of the Bering Sea and are designated as an Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. One of the most unique ecosystems on the planet, the Aleutians consist of 80 large volcanoes, making it one of the most volcanic places in the world. The special will give audiences an in-depth look at the millions of seabirds that call the Aleutians home, while also tracking some of the planets largest congregations of marine mammals, including pods of orca, humpback whales and northern fur seals (pictured). The special also finds Shive exploring and filming the first high-definition footage of World War II relics left behind by the Japanese troops that invaded and occupied the Aleutians
Shive is no stranger to nature film, in 2020 he launched the Discovery digital series Nature in Focus and in 2019 he led expeditions to remote coral atolls for Hidden Pacific, an IMAX 3D film which he directed and produced. Shive is also the author the best-selling books The National Parks: An American Legacy, and Refuge: America’s Wildest Places.
The Last Unknown is produced by Tandem Stills + Motion, Inc. for discovery+. Ian Shive and Marc Summers are Executive Producers for Tandem. Christina Bavetta, Kristen Variola and Scott Lewers are Executive Producers for discovery+.
The Last Unknown streams Thursday, March 18 on discovery+
Trailer for the documentary special is below: