After the success of Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, which explored life underwater in our vast oceans, the BBC is dedicating this week to Blue Planet Live, a short series of four episodes that further celebrate marine life and explore the health of our oceans.
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What is Blue Planet Live?
When is the next Blue Planet Live episode?
- Series 1, Episode 1: Sunday 24 March 2019, 8pm GMT
- Series 1, Episode 2: Wednesday 27 March 2019, 8pm GMT
- Series 1, Episode 3: Thursday 28 March 2019, 8pm GMT
- Series 1, Episode 4: Sunday 31 March 2019, 8pm GMT
Is Sir David Attenborough narrating Blue Planet Live?
Unlike Blue Planet and Blue Planet II, Blue Planet Live is not narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Instead, there are three presenters presenting the show on location across the globe: Chris Packham is in Mexico, Liz Bonnin is at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, while Steve Backshall is filming from the Bahamas.
Why is Blue Planet Live important to watch?
No single person in the UK lives further than 70 miles from the coast, therefore this is a great opportunity to understand these vast underwater systems.
There is a major plastic waste crisis in our oceans, that we are all individually responsible for and can work together to resolve.
Every year, around eight million metric tons of plastic waste enters the ocean, which is damaging the fragile ocean environment and killing marine life.
Where is Blue Planet Live being filmed?
Blue Planet Live is being filmed in several exciting destinations this week that span thousands of miles and are considered the best marine biodiversity hotspots in the world! These locations will highlight how the marine world has been changing due to human influence.
Baja Peninsula, Mexico
The BBC team has headed to The Baja Peninsula, which is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of California in Mexico, and is the world’s second largest peninsula. Dubbed ‘the world’s aquarium’ by Jacques Cousteau, there are over 800 miles of coastline that showcases marine life on land, at sea, and in the air. It’s here where you will find the largest gray whale nursery, migrating humpbacks, and blue whales in large numbers.
Using cutting-edge technology of partner organisation Ocean Alliance, the BBC team are tracking the many whales that live in this area and trying to understand what makes the peninsula so special. The BBC team are also working with Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Programme, which works to make ecological decisions that mutually benefit both the local wildlife and people alike.
Owned and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, The Atlantis is a high-tech research vessel that has been kitted out with six science labs, sea floor mapping and precise navigation systems, as well as a submarine called Alvin.
The Atlantis is launching from America’s west coast to be the eyes of the BBC’s team as it explores the deepest parts of the ocean using ground-breaking technology.
Over in the Bahamas, an archipelago of 700 islands spread across 100,000 square miles of ocean, the BBC team has headed to Bimini Biological Field Station, also known as Bimini Sharklab, which has been researching and conserving tiger sharks and other shark and ray predators since 1990 and are the leading experts on sharks in the world!
Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
The BBC team has headed to the coral cay of Heron Island, located right in the midst of the world’s largest single structure that has been created by living organisms: Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island is a tiny island that is home to Heron Island Research Station, a world-leading coral research centre, which has been conducting state-of-the-art coral experiments for several decades.
Teeming with biodiversity in its surrounding waters, Heron Island is considered one of the world’s best dive sites. The island is also home to huge colonies of nesting sea birds, and is one of the world’s best green turtle breeding grounds where you can see laying adult turtles and turtles hatching before their lifetime of perilous adventure in the ocean.
Which marine species are featured on BBC Planet Live?
There are several amazing species that the BBC team are observing this week and filming live. The team has decided to focus on indicator species, which are species that are usually the first to highlight any changes to our oceans. These indicator species can predict detrimental changes to other marine species that have been caused by human impact, such as plastic pollution, climate change, and overfishing.