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Planet Earth

  • 2006
  • Season 1
  • 11 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Nature

Summary

From the BBC's award-winning Natural History Unit comes an epic series celebrating the Earth as never before. Four years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet.

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Episode 9: Shallow Seas

Summary

Following the epic journey of a humpback whale and its calf as they travel from a tropical paradise to the species' great feeding ground in the icy polar seas. David Attenborough also observes footage of colonies of seabirds in the Arabian desert and surfing dolphins in Australia that swim onto the beach to catch their fish.

Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

The sight of teeny-weeny squid trying out their pigment spots, or translucent salps holding hands in long chains, or pink pygmy seahorses head-butting each other looks and feels more like fantasy than fact.

However, we’re in the shallow seas of coral reefs for this 2006 documentary where we also see lovely humpback whales, including the mother who feeds her calf an astonishing 500 litres of milk a day. But the image that stays with you longest is likely to be the sight of great white sharks leaping out of the seas off South Africa to snap at fleeing seals. Played in mesmeric super-slow-motion, it makes for an eerie spectacle.

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Credits

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rolename
PresenterDavid Attenborough

Crew

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DirectorAlastair Fothergill
ProducerMark Brownlow
Series producerAlastair Fothergill
WriterDavid Attenborough

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  • Episode 9

    Shallow Seas

    Summary

    Following the epic journey of a humpback whale and its calf as they travel from a tropical paradise to the species' great feeding ground in the icy polar seas. David Attenborough also observes footage of colonies of seabirds in the Arabian desert and surfing dolphins in Australia that swim onto the beach to catch their fish.

    Review

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.

    The sight of teeny-weeny squid trying out their pigment spots, or translucent salps holding hands in long chains, or pink pygmy seahorses head-butting each other looks and feels more like fantasy than fact.

    However, we’re in the shallow seas of coral reefs for this 2006 documentary where we also see lovely humpback whales, including the mother who feeds her calf an astonishing 500 litres of milk a day. But the image that stays with you longest is likely to be the sight of great white sharks leaping out of the seas off South Africa to snap at fleeing seals. Played in mesmeric super-slow-motion, it makes for an eerie spectacle.

    How to watch

    Next showing

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

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    PresenterDavid Attenborough

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorAlastair Fothergill
    ProducerMark Brownlow
    Series producerAlastair Fothergill
    WriterDavid Attenborough

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