After last Sunday’s first dip in the ocean, Blue Planet II continues this Sunday 5th November – but this time we’re leaving the surface far behind. It’s time to explore The Deep.
Find out more about this eery, incredible underwater voyage under the sea.
What time is Blue Planet II episode two on TV?
Episode two begins at 8pm on BBC1, with David Attenborough narrating an episode full of inky black oceans and extraordinary creatures.
Find out more about just some of the wildlife on show below.
Life in the frozen oceans
Filmed in the Antarctic
The three-man submersible ‘Nadir’ used in Blue Planet II: the team spent a thousand hours in subs across the world (BBC, photographer Luis Lamar)
“We might have expected that deep beneath the surface of the polar seas, the waters would be truly barren. But in fact we find life here in unimaginable abundance,” David Attenborough says in the opening moments of episode two.
Submersibles take us down beneath the ice of the Antarctic to another world, one rarely explored on TV. As Attenborough says, “Astonishingly in the deep sea, there is more life than anywhere else on earth.”
Ferocious humboldt squid hunting for lanternfish
Filmed in the oceans off Chile
The voracious humboldt squid have eight arms and two feeding tentacles. If they can’t find enough prey, they turn on each other…
Fangtooth fish and cock-eyed squid
Filmed off the Atlantic Coast, USA
“There’s life here, but not as we know it” – the episode becomes even more out of this world. The fangtooth fish (above) has the largest teeth for its size of any fish, while cock-eyed squid have one eye that points downwards while the other scans the water above for prey.
Shrimp mating inside the Venus Flower Basket
Filmed near the Galapagos, Ecuador
A male and a female shrimp swim inside a peculiar-looking sponge known as the ‘Venus Flower Basket’. Inside they mate, but by the time they produce offspring the shrimp are too large to get out. They will stay inside for the rest of their lives…
Filmed in the Gulf of Mexico
This spectacular volcanic hotspot was, unsurprisingly, a nightmare to film, according to producer Orla Doherty.
“It felt as if we had voyaged to another planet and we nicknamed the site ‘War of the Worlds,’” she says. “Suddenly, we were entirely surrounded by giant bubbles of methane, erupting from what had been an empty abyssal desert only minutes before.”
She added, “We returned to ‘War of the Worlds’ twice more during our expedition. Both times, there was barely a puff coming from the methane volcano. We had been unbelievable lucky – the deep had given up one of its great secrets, but only the once.”