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The Blue Planet is a television series highlighting the natural history of the oceans of Earth. The 8 episode series explores many of the world's oceans searching for interesting plants and animals and documenting them in their natural habitat.

The first episode introduces how the oceans and their inhabitants are affected by ocean currents, solar patterns, and tides. These conditions show how the food chain in the world's oceans is set up. With this introduction the series takes the audience throughout the oceans exploring the deep oceans, open oceans, and frozen oceans and within each episode shows the unique animals and wildlife found in that ecosystem.

In the second half of the series the audience explores the coastal seas, tropical seas, seasonal seas, and coral seas. All of these different oceanic environments are explored and the plants and animal life is documented in each; sometimes the animals and behaviour caught on film have never been filmed before in the wild.

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BBC One
1 Season, 9 Episodes - Ended
Documentary & Biography
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  • For years, man has used the oceans as a source of life, food and riches. Now the oceans have been put under such strain that we may be about to lose this valuable asset. Deep Trouble looks at the impact man has had on the ecology of the oceans.

  • From rocky cliffs to gentle dunes, the coasts are always changing. Day in and day out, they are battered by crashing waves. Seabirds come here by the thousands to nest, while baby turtles hatch and race to the sea. pursued by hungry predators. Young sea lion pups are born and play on the sand -- until a killer whale attacks, crashing in on the surf. But when breeding season is over, life returns to the sea and the shores are empty once again.

  • The sun and moon move billions of tons of water with every turn of the tide. The strongest tides empty entire bays, smash trees on riverbanks and strand sea creatures on suddenly dry land. Weaker tides control the movements of huge numbers of fish, coaxing schools of giant stingrays through astounding underwater arches. And as the water recedes the tide can create unbelievable landscapes -- like a sparkling world of salt crystals inhabited only by tiny shrimp and bright pink flamingos.

  • Bathed in bright sunlight and warm, clear water, the coral reef is a rich oasis of life the rainforest of the sea. Bizarrely adorned harlequin shrimps carry off a starfish several times their size, while haunting songs reverberate around the reef, heralding the arrival of humpback whales. Shimmering schools of brightly colored fish battle for territory in this competitive world where you have to stand out to survive.

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