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Watch the new live se­ries set to as­sess the state of our seas.

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The BBC’s duo of Blue Planet se­ries suc­cess­fully cap­ti­vated TV au­di­ences by open­ing their eyes to won­ders be­neath the waves – the re­source­ful orange-dot­ted tusk­fish and un­earthly bar­rel­eye are just two species that spring to mind. Now, we’re in­vited to sub­merge our­selves into the world of aquatic wildlife once more, as Blue Planet Live is due to air this March.

“With a live show, you never know en­tirely what you are go­ing to get,” says se­ries pro­ducer Vanessa Coates, “but our teams will be po­si­tioned in hotspots around the globe that we hope will of­fer some of the most ex­cit­ing ma­rine life.”

The four episodes (24, 27, 28 and 31 March) will see Chris Pack­ham at the world’s largest whale nurs­ery, in Baja Cal­i­for­nia; Liz Bon­nin mon­i­tor­ing the health of the Great Bar­rier Reef and its tur­tles, and Steve Back­shall div­ing with sharks in the Ba­hamas.

“Each of these species share com­mon ground in terms of the chal­lenges they face. All of them are vi­tal to the well­be­ing of our seas,” Vanessa ex­plains. “We’ll also be re­vis­it­ing some fa­mil­iar species and lo­ca­tions – as well as some new ones – with spe­cial ac­cess to a re­search ves­sel, ex­plor­ing the Pa­cific to un­veil the mys­ter­ies of the deep ocean.”

Af­ter the im­pact of plas­tic waste was brought sharply into fo­cus by Blue Planet II, this lat­est se­ries pro­vides an up­date on the is­sues and con­ser­va­tion ef­forts in place.

“This will be a com­pre­hen­sive anal­y­sis of life in our oceans, whilst chart­ing the great­est en­vi­ron­men­tal threats fac­ing all ma­rine life,” says Vanessa. “It will be a cel­e­bra­tion and a stark wake-up call, broad­cast­ing live from across the planet.”

En­counter a va­ri­ety of ma­rine species as live shows high­light life be­neath the waves.

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