Posted: 27 October 2017
Prepare To Be Inspired Once Again The seven-part sequel to The Blue Planet, which first aired in 2001, benefits from advances in technology and filming uses innovative new techniques such as ‘tow-cams’ capturing predatory fish, to ‘suction cams’ attached to the backs of Whale Sharks. Last year’s Planet Earth 2 was the most-watched natural history documentary ever recorded, and this latest sequel is airing at a time when many people and organisations believe we have reached a critical point for our world’s oceans. Plunging to new depths and making waves one more, the BBC’s expert marine teams boast incredible new discoveries of species and behaviour. During the time since 2012, the Blue Planet II team have mounted a further 125 expeditions, visited 39 countries (including 200 filming locations), and filmed off the coast of every continent and across every ocean. There is a bounty of content to fascinate and astonish, with scientists delving deeper into the ocean’s secrets. Viewers will be enthralled beyond simply observing the spectacular and thrilling videography and photography and to add to the impressive filming, acclaimed naturalist, Sir David Attenborough, returns as the popular and timeless narrator for Blue Planet II, poignantly reminding us that “The ocean is the largest habitat on Earth”.
“A generation ago, the series The Blue Planet took us beneath the waves, but now we know so much more.”
The BBC’s Natural History Unit has spent four years filming the new documentary and has visited every continent and ocean on the planet. The series’ executive producer, James Honeyborne, shares that “the oceans are the most exciting place to be right now, because new scientific discoveries have given us a new perspective of life beneath the waves”.
“Blue Planet II is taking its cue from these breakthroughs, unveiling unbelievable new places, extraordinary new behaviours and remarkable new creatures.”
The new series features strange underwater creatures, Giant Cuttlesfish, captured in Australia, stunning footage of Bottlenose Dolphins filmed in South Africa, plus a walrus and pup in the Arctic. We learn how mysterious dancing Yeti Crabs and Spitting Dolphins are discovered. There is also a beautiful collection of photographic stills from the latest series, ranging from Komodo Dragons in Indonesia, to huge Flying Fish — a raft of footage proving that there may have been some truth to the sailor stories of old.
Twenty years on from the original ground-breaking documentary series, which achieved a raft of success across the world — such was the popularity of the previous series, that this new sequel was pre-sold to more than 30 countries worldwide — the latest series includes a soundtrack created by rock band Radiohead and esteemed film composer, Hans Zimmer. An accompanying book to the series is due to be released on the 19th October 2017 and this is certain to be a visual hit — not to mention a Christmas gift to inspire wonder.
It is, however, Sir David Attenborough’s authoritative and reassuring narrative that sets the scene for another successful ocean exploration, so cast your mind back to the enlightening footage that first surfaced two decades ago and embrace the incredible new recordings. The natural drama, the engaging soundtrack and Sir David Attenborough’s endearing passion for wildlife and lifelong learning, is set to thrill us all once more.
For those feeling inspired and wishing to dive beneath the ocean surface themselves, we have a collection of resorts boasting their own resident Marine Biologists, rescue programmes, reef rehabilitation schemes and PADI diving schools. Whether you wish to simply take a boat excursion to admire wild dolphins at play, snorkel in the Indian Ocean, do your bit and plant some coral, or even join an expedition ship, there is an experience available to thrill, educate and support our planet’s oceans. From whale-watching in South Africa and New Zealand, to seeing rare Dugongs during a Dhow cruise in Mozambique, observing the Great Barrier Reef or marvelling at the marine life in Mexico, Mauritius, Seychelles or the Maldives — the opportunities are endless. Jump in, explore more and embrace our incredible oceans.
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