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The Blue Planet

  • 2001
  • Season 1
  • 8 episodes
  • Documentary and factual
  • Nature

Summary

Season 1 features dolphins herding mackerel, the fragile marine ecosystem of coral reefs, the effects of tides on marine life and green turtles making their annual egg-laying expedition.

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Episode 6: Coral Seas

Summary

Veteran naturalist David Attenborough explores the fragile marine ecosystem of the coral reef, where all creatures, including the corals themselves, have to fight for survival. From tiny beginnings, the reef grows and develops over hundreds of years, providing support for innumerable animals - yet one storm can threaten the entire community

Review

Amazingly beautiful and complex, coral reefs develop from humble beginnings. Tiny larvae settle and then over hundreds of years harden into a limestone skeleton to grow inch by inch into intricate and fragile reefs. In this edition of David Attenborough’s stunning wildlife series, first shown in 2001, it’s clear that while reefs are adorned with spectacularly colourful life, it’s no tropical paradise. At night the white tip reef sharks come out to hunt, while just one big storm can threaten the entire community that lives there.

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2001-10-17
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NarratorDavid Attenborough
ProducerMartha Holmes
Series producerAlastair Fothergill

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  • Summary

    Veteran naturalist David Attenborough explores the fragile marine ecosystem of the coral reef, where all creatures, including the corals themselves, have to fight for survival. From tiny beginnings, the reef grows and develops over hundreds of years, providing support for innumerable animals - yet one storm can threaten the entire community

    Review

    Amazingly beautiful and complex, coral reefs develop from humble beginnings. Tiny larvae settle and then over hundreds of years harden into a limestone skeleton to grow inch by inch into intricate and fragile reefs. In this edition of David Attenborough’s stunning wildlife series, first shown in 2001, it’s clear that while reefs are adorned with spectacularly colourful life, it’s no tropical paradise. At night the white tip reef sharks come out to hunt, while just one big storm can threaten the entire community that lives there.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    There are no live broadcasts scheduled for this show. But it is available via the streaming providers below.

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    Details

    Released on
    2001-10-17
    Languages
    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    NarratorDavid Attenborough
    ProducerMartha Holmes
    Series producerAlastair Fothergill
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