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The Blue Planet

  • Season 1
  • 8 episodes
  • Nature

Summary

David Attenborough narrates a natural history of the oceans, featuring footage of marine life in different environments around the world.

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Episode 6: World Ocean Day: The Blue Planet: 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.
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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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  • Episode 6

    World Ocean Day: The Blue Planet: 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.
    Recommended

    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

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorDavid Attenborough

    Crew

    rolename
    ProducerMartha Holmes
    Series producerAlastair Fothergill

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