Drain the Oceans

Continuing Monday / 7:00pm National Geographic 60 min.
Maritime mysteries -- old and new -- come to life in this 10-episode series, combining scientific data and digital re-creations to reveal shipwrecks, treasures, and sunken cities on the bottom of lakes, seas and oceans 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, where Nazi secrets now reside, and why so many continue to search for the legendary city of Atlantis.

Season 3

9 Episodes

Chicago 3x09
Underwater exploration reveals astonishing secrets: terrifying disasters, war-winning heroics and an engineering marvel that saves the city.
Jun 23 2020
Hitler’s latest weapons sink during a top-secret U-boat mission. An American aviation breakthrough brings victory to the Allies in the Pacific.
Jun 16 2020
Draining American rivers, seas and oceans reveals military tactics from the American Civil War that rewrote the rules of warfare forever.
Jun 09 2020
Forgotten wrecks from the American Revolution are discovered. Cutting-edge computer graphics shed new light on the struggle for independence.
Jun 02 2020
Uncovering the long-lost shipwrecks of legendary captains reveals why the Caribbean — more than all other seas — became famous for pirates.
May 26 2020
In summer 1940, Great Britain stood alone against the Nazis. Now we uncover the wrecks that reveal the truth behind the Battle of Britain.
May 19 2020
A legendary ancient Egyptian city, lost beneath the waves for 2,000 years, finally gives up its secrets.
May 12 2020
After vanishing in the Baltic over 450 years ago, a formidable battleship reveals secrets.
May 05 2020
A high-tech survey reveals the dark secrets of U.S. nuclear tests at Bikini Atoll.
May 05 2020

Season 2

15 Episodes

The story of how Rome dominated the world for 500 years by conquering the sea.
Oct 14 2019
How Japan dominated the Pacific during World War II, crushing the Allies.
Oct 07 2019
Maritime archaeologists and historians go in search of the biggest wrecks ever sunk beneath the seas; new scientific data combines with cutting-edge computer graphics to drain the oceans to investigate the world's most awe-inspiring wrecks.
Sep 30 2019
Shedding new light on Hitler's reign of terror and ultimate demise.
Sep 23 2019
Emptying the lake to finally reveal the monster's identity.
Sep 16 2019
London's secret history is revealed.
Sep 09 2019
A new 3D survey of the Thai cave in Tham Luang reveals how 12 boys were rescued after being trapped.
Sep 02 2019
A high-tech expedition searches for the iconic lost wrecks of the Battle of the Pacific.
Aug 12 2019
Spain's attempted conquest of England fails when its Armada is defeated; by draining the ocean, it is revealed that the English stole shipbuilding technology to build their own empire.
Aug 05 2019
Using computer-generated imagery, the Cold War's lost nuclear weapons are revealed on ocean floors, along with evidence of secret nuclear confrontations
Jul 29 2019
Maritime archaeologists and historians search for the lost wrecks of the American Civil War.
Jul 22 2019
Winners took all in the race to get rich in the California and Klondike gold rushes; unearthing the ships involved reveals the risks taken to go west.
Jul 01 2019
Shedding light on German U-Boats, the world’s first stealth weapons.
Jun 17 2019
Submerged shipwrecks and subterranean secrets reveal the story of New York City’s rise.
Jun 10 2019
Sonar technology heads beneath Normandy's waves for a powerful look at the hundred plus ships wrecked during the largest amphibious invasion ever.
Jun 03 2019

Season 1

10 Episodes

Where is Malaysian Airlines flight MH370? CGI reconstruction reveals the challenges of locating an aircraft that goes missing in the deep ocean.
Jul 30 2018
The hidden secrets of WWI's powerful weapons are revealed by draining the North Sea.
Jul 23 2018
The China seas are the most fiercely contested and mysterious waters on the planet. We expose the remains of the biggest battleship ever put on the water.
Jul 16 2018
The Nile was central to ancient Egypt. Draining its water reveals a lost wonder and the origins of the Egyptians’ obsession with the afterlife.
Jul 09 2018
The Ring of Fire is an area in the Pacific Ocean where volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis form; the ocean is drained to reveal the geological forces behind natural disasters and to uncover threats along the coast of Seattle, Tokyo and New Zealand.
Jul 02 2018
Exciting evidence emerges of civilizations lost under the waves. But are these ancient cities the long sought-after Atlantis or accidents of geology?
Jun 25 2018
Treasure hunting has captured our imaginations for centuries. Draining the oceans reveals the richest wrecks ever found.
Jun 18 2018
The secrets of lost ancient civilizations come to light when the Mediterranean is drained.
Jun 11 2018
Draining the Gulf of Mexico brings deadly secrets back to the surface. Stories of piracy, war, slavery and a dinosaur-killing asteroid are revealed.
Jun 04 2018
The hidden secrets of the Nazis are revealed when the oceans covering them are drained using CGI animation.
May 28 2018