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Nature's Microworlds

  • Season 1
  • 13 episodes
  • Documentary
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Episode 11: The Deep Sea

Summary

The vast majority of life on Earth is under the sea, particularly in deep waters. Steve Backshall turns his attention to the oceans, exploring extraordinary creatures such as vampire squid, angler fish and jellyfish, and reveals how these creatures survive in such a hostile environment.

Review

It’s amazing, isn’t it, that more people have stood on the Moon than have visited the deepest parts of Earth’s oceans, especially when you consider the variety of unlikely species to be found in the abyssal depths.

OK, so there’s no light once you get beyond about 500 metres, and the pressure is unfathomable, but somehow – thanks to the power of photosynthesis – creatures thrive in this most hostile of environments. And this joyous little documentary shows us a whole heap of them, from amazing prambugs and monstrous angler fish to giant woodlice-like isopods, all bustling about trying to avoid being something else’s supper. Simply astonishing.

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NarratorSteve Backshall

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Executive producerWendy Darke
Executive producerNick Shearman
Executive producerCerys Griffiths
ProducerSimon Williams
Series producerDoug Mackay-Hope

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  • Episode 11

    The Deep Sea

    Summary

    The vast majority of life on Earth is under the sea, particularly in deep waters. Steve Backshall turns his attention to the oceans, exploring extraordinary creatures such as vampire squid, angler fish and jellyfish, and reveals how these creatures survive in such a hostile environment.

    Review

    It’s amazing, isn’t it, that more people have stood on the Moon than have visited the deepest parts of Earth’s oceans, especially when you consider the variety of unlikely species to be found in the abyssal depths.

    OK, so there’s no light once you get beyond about 500 metres, and the pressure is unfathomable, but somehow – thanks to the power of photosynthesis – creatures thrive in this most hostile of environments. And this joyous little documentary shows us a whole heap of them, from amazing prambugs and monstrous angler fish to giant woodlice-like isopods, all bustling about trying to avoid being something else’s supper. Simply astonishing.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorSteve Backshall

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerWendy Darke
    Executive producerNick Shearman
    Executive producerCerys Griffiths
    ProducerSimon Williams
    Series producerDoug Mackay-Hope
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