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The Blue Planet

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The Blue Planet is a BBC nature documentary series narrated by David Attenborough, exploring the different types of marine habitats - from the deepest seas to the coastal seas and the Antarctic to the Arctic - and how each of the creatures living there survive. As David Attenborough points out in his opening narration, our planet is a blue planet: over seventy percent of it is covered by the sea. However, most of the ocean environment remains a mystery. The series consists of eight episodes, each of which is full of stunning images to reveal the mysteries of marine creatures and their behavior. The first episode gives an overview of ocean world by showing how much portion of our planet's surface the oceans occupy, the diversity of life in and around the oceans, and how ocean life is influenced by the ocean currents, sun and moon.

And the next seven episodes deal with the different types of marine habitats and life living in them, including the deep seas where no sunlight reaches, the open ocean, the Arctic and Antarctic, coral reefs, and the world's coastal environments.

Episode 1 - The Blue Planet
This episode gives an overview of ocean world by showing how much portion of our planet's surface the oceans occupy, the diversity of life in and around the oceans, and how ocean life is influenced by the ocean currents, sun and moon.

Episode 2 - The Deep
This episode explores the unknown depths of the ocean where no sunlight reaches. It brings lots of stunning footage of the creatures living in the deep seas.

Episode 3 - Open Ocean
This episode focuses on life in the open ocean, the waters far from land. It looks at the oceanic life in relation to the food chain: the hunters and the hunted.

Episode 4 - Frozen Seas
This episode examines oceanic life in the Arctic and the Antarctic, focusing on walruses, whales, polar bears, penguins and leopard seals.

Episode 5 - Seasonal Seas
This episode looks at how marine life and the seas in the temperate zones are influenced by the seasonal changes.

Episode 6 - Coral Seas
This episode examines coral reefs: how coral reefs are formed to begin with, their relationships with other marine life, and their reproduction.

Episode 7 - Tidal Seas
This episode deals with how the rising and falling tides caused by the gravitational pull of the mood influence marine life.

Episode 8 - Coasts
This episode looks at marine life living in the coastal habitats: Marine Iguanas, birds, turtles, penguins and sea lions.


Related Links
The Blue Planet - wikipedia
The Blue Planet is a BBC nature documentary series narrated by David Attenborough, first transmitted in the UK from 12 September 2001.
Oceans
This is a BBC documentary series narrated by Mark Halliley, exploring some of the most challenging parts of the Earth's oceans and revealing the hidden stories of the deep.
The Living Planet - The Open Ocean
This episode concentrates on the marine environment. Attenborough goes underwater himself to observe the ocean's life forms and comment on them at first hand.
Introduction to Marine Life
This discusses general aspects of marine biology including the principles of physical and biological oceanography, the biological processes of marine life and the ecology of marine environments.