Drain the Oceans on National Geographic

Posted by David Henning on 13 October 2021

Maritime mysteries, old and new, come to life in this series that scientific data and digital re-creations reveal shipwrecks, treasures, and sunken cities in the bottom of lakes, oceans and seas around the world.

Innovative technology allows viewers to see what lies on the floors of large bodies of water such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Nile, the Indian Ocean, the Baltic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean as if they had been drained.

Then, in a quest to explain natural wonders and man-made catastrophes, stories tell of how vessels sank, what ancient geological formations reveal about life on Earth. For its fourth season, it embraces a gripping new style, telling stories purely through the words of explorers and archaeologists, putting viewers right by their side.

The new season kicks off with an episode titled The Battle for the Black Swan where the largest treasure ever found underwater makes headlines worldwide, but soon, attention turns to who really owns the half-billion-dollar treasure of the mysteriously code-named ‘Black Swan’?

Fearing one of their most prized historical treasures has been uncovered, the Kingdom of Spain takes on salvage company Odyssey Marine Exploration for the treasure. As the two sides fight it out in a Tampa court, it soon becomes clear that not all is what it seems.

The second episode is titled The second episode is titled Hollywood. This unusual and surprising episode about the archaeology of filmmaking addresses one big and fascinating question. During the tumultuous decades of the 1920s and 1930s, amid the greatest financial crisis in history, how did Hollywood capture the world’s imagination and establish one of America’s most successful industries?

The fourth season has a total of five not to be missed episodes.

Catch the new season of Drain the Oceans on National Geographic.

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