It’s been 16 years since The Blue Planet aired to enthralled UK audiences, picking up Baftas and Emmy awards along the way. Now the BBC has announced that famed naturalist Sir David Attenborough will once again lend his unique voice to the sequel, Blue Planet II.
Broadcast on BBC One later this year, the seven-part Blue Planet II will be employing more groundbreaking filming innovations using custom 4K cameras, such as suction cams fitted to the backs of orcas and whale sharks, a probe camera that can capture minute marine life, and “tow cams” that can capture predatory fish and dolphins head-on. The BBC's Natural History Unit spent four years filming in every ocean and off each continent to create the series.
The focus of the series is highlighting recent scientific discoveries. Executive Producer James Honeyborne said: “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. Showing a contemporary portrait of marine life, it will provide a timely reminder that this is a critical moment for the health of the world's oceans.”
The discoveries appearing in the series include a tuskfish that uses tools as well as a new species of crab with a hairy chest famously nicknamed the “Hoff crab” after hirsute Baywatch star David Hasselhoff. The film crew also caught unusual behaviour on camera, such as the sophisticated hunting techniques of coral groupers and reef octopuses, and a giant trevally that catches birds in flight.
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