EX­PLORE THE DEEP

Focus-Science and Technology - - Out There -

Fol­low­ing on from the run­away suc­cess of Planet Earth II, The Blue Planet is the lat­est clas­sic David At­ten­bor­ough se­ries to be given a mod­ern-day makeover.

The new seven-part se­ries, imag­i­na­tively ti­tled Blue Planet II, will treat us to un­prece­dented footage of our planet’s most enig­matic en­vi­ron­ment. We’ll glimpse meth­ane vol­ca­noes erupt­ing in the Gulf of Mex­ico, plunge into the 1km-deep Antarc­tic abyss, and meet a me­nagerie of seal­ife, in­clud­ing crafty, tool-us­ing tusk­fish, the hairy- chested Hoff crab, and gi­ant trevally fish that catch birds in mid-air.

The tech­nol­ogy has come a long way since the orig­i­nal 2001 se­ries. This time around, ul­tra-HD tow cams cap­ture preda­tors head-on, suc­tion cams al­low us to ride on the backs of whale sharks and or­cas, and low-light cams bring us the mag­i­cal lu­mi­nes­cence of Noc­tiluca ‘sea sparkles’, danc­ing to the wing beats of shoal­ing mob­ula rays. Could this prove to be Blue Planet II’s ‘iguana vs snakes’ mo­ment?

Bot­tlenose dol­phins surf­ing in South Africa

Gi­ant cut­tle­fish mat­ing off the coast of South Aus­tralia

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