Blue Planet | KCET
This definitive natural history of the world's oceans covers everything from popular shores and teeming shallows to the mysterious open depths. Two-thirds of the planet is covered by the oceans and yet they remain largely unexplored and certainly under-filmed. This series changes all that and subsequently changes our views of the deep. Advances in underwater photography have opened the doors to unknown territories never before explored. Immediately following each episode Making Waves takes the viewer on a unique behind-the-scenes experience with the Blue Planet team, as they show extraordinary patience and daring to achieve the ground-breaking footage.
The blue whale is a perfect symbol for the oceans: the vast blue expanse that dominates our planet whilst still remaining largely unexplored and mysterious. Yet the oceans are an integral part of our lives. Their influence dominates the world's weather systems. They support an enormous range of life, from the largest whales to the smallest plankton, from hordes of sea birds to lonely, deep-sea fish. All this is governed by a complex system of biological and physical forces. This first episode demonstrates the sheer scale, power and complexity of the 'Blue Planet'.
A place of mountain ranges, perpetual night, pressure extremes and cold... and the weirdest life forms on our planet. A true voyage into the unknown with constant surprises in store. Fish with grotesquely cavernous mouths and cruel teeth lurk one kilometre below the surface. Any light is living light, but a glow in the dark may be meant to attract the opposite sex, unless it is the deep-sea angler fish who already has her mate conveniently fused to the end of her nose. On the floor of the ocean deep, all manner of primitive creatures crawl across the ooze.