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This definitive natural history of the world's oceans covers everything from popular shores and teeming shallows to the mysterious open depths. Two-thirds of the planet is covered by the oceans and yet they remain largely unexplored and certainly under-filmed. This series changes all that and subsequently changes our views of the deep. Advances in underwater photography has opened the doors to unknown territories never before explored.

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This definitive natural history of the world's oceans covers everything from popular shores and teeming shallows to the mysterious open depths. Two-thirds of the planet is covered by the oceans and yet they remain largely unexplored and certainly under-filmed. This series changes all that and subsequently changes our views of the deep. Advances in underwater photography has opened the doors to unknown territories never before explored.

    • EPISODE 1

    The Blue Planet

    The blue whale is a perfect symbol for the oceans: the vast blue expanse that dominates our planet while still remaining largely unexplored and mysterious. Yet the oceans are an integral part of our lives. Their influence dominates the world's weather systems. They support an enormous range of life, from the largest whales to the smallest plankton, from hordes of sea birds to lonely, deep-sea fish. All this is governed by a complex system of biological and physical forces. This first episode demonstrates the sheer scale, power and complexity of the 'Blue Planet.'

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    The blue whale is a perfect symbol for the oceans: the vast blue expanse that dominates our planet while still remaining largely unexplored and mysterious. Yet the oceans are an integral part of our lives. Their influence dominates the world's weather systems. They support an enormous range of life, from the largest whales to the smallest plankton, from hordes of sea birds to lonely, deep-sea fish. All this is governed by a complex system of biological and physical forces. This first episode demonstrates the sheer scale, power and complexity of the 'Blue Planet.'

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    • 48 Minutes
    • EPISODE 2

    The Deep

    We journey deep into the abyss to see strange creatures, many of which are new to science. Including terrifying fish with massive teeth that eat prey twice their size and weird jellyfish that flash in the darkness. Deep sea sharks never filmed before are revealed along with submerged mountain ranges and volcanoes far larger than anything on land.

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    We journey deep into the abyss to see strange creatures, many of which are new to science. Including terrifying fish with massive teeth that eat prey twice their size and weird jellyfish that flash in the darkness. Deep sea sharks never filmed before are revealed along with submerged mountain ranges and volcanoes far larger than anything on land.

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    • 48 Minutes
    • EPISODE 3

    Open Ocean

    The open ocean covers more than 360 million square kilometres. Much of this huge expanse of seawater is marine desert with virtually no sign of life. Yet somehow life survives out here. Among others, we follow the extraordinary life of the yellowfin tuna from a tiny egg to a 200 kilogram, voracious predatory giant.

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    The open ocean covers more than 360 million square kilometres. Much of this huge expanse of seawater is marine desert with virtually no sign of life. Yet somehow life survives out here. Among others, we follow the extraordinary life of the yellowfin tuna from a tiny egg to a 200 kilogram, voracious predatory giant.

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    • 48 Minutes
    • EPISODE 4

    Frozen Seas

    Life on the edge of a frozen sea is tough. Pack-ice at both poles is constantly on the move, and in winter freezes solid. Only in spring, does life begin again. Plankton blooms and feeds vast hordes of migrating fish, birds, whales, seals and polar bears. Walruses rake the seabed for clams. But it is a brief respite, for the ice soon returns.

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    Life on the edge of a frozen sea is tough. Pack-ice at both poles is constantly on the move, and in winter freezes solid. Only in spring, does life begin again. Plankton blooms and feeds vast hordes of migrating fish, birds, whales, seals and polar bears. Walruses rake the seabed for clams. But it is a brief respite, for the ice soon returns.

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    • 48 Minutes
    • EPISODE 5

    Seasonal Seas

    Sunlight is the vital source of energy used by the countless billions of plankton which live in the world's temperate sea. Forests of giant kelp harbour thousands of animals. Sharks, sea otters, brilliantly coloured anemones, squid and exquisite leafy dragons are just a few of the other creatures that live in this cool, rich water.

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    • 48 Minutes

    Sunlight is the vital source of energy used by the countless billions of plankton which live in the world's temperate sea. Forests of giant kelp harbour thousands of animals. Sharks, sea otters, brilliantly coloured anemones, squid and exquisite leafy dragons are just a few of the other creatures that live in this cool, rich water.

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    • 48 Minutes
    • EPISODE 6

    Coral Seas

    Coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea; they are rich oases of life. The competition is highly visible as brightly coloured fish compete for food, territory and mates. But the corals themselves are also dynamic. With incredible time-lapse photography we show the dramatic formation of a coral reef and its ultimate destruction.

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    • 48 Minutes

    Coral reefs are the rainforests of the sea; they are rich oases of life. The competition is highly visible as brightly coloured fish compete for food, territory and mates. But the corals themselves are also dynamic. With incredible time-lapse photography we show the dramatic formation of a coral reef and its ultimate destruction.

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    • 48 Minutes
    • EPISODE 7

    Tidal Seas

    Tidal marshes are among the most productive habitats in the world. Numerous plants support numerous animals, yet life is not easy. Relief comes with the crashing waves, as the tides flow once more. But between the tides, when the sands become depleted of food and air, the worms, clams and shrimps must endure the expected pause.

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    Tidal marshes are among the most productive habitats in the world. Numerous plants support numerous animals, yet life is not easy. Relief comes with the crashing waves, as the tides flow once more. But between the tides, when the sands become depleted of food and air, the worms, clams and shrimps must endure the expected pause.

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    • 48 Minutes
    • EPISODE 8

    Coasts

    From the open oceans, millions of seabirds are forced to come onto land to breed. Sea eagles steal kittiwake chicks from their nesting ledges. Turtles lay their eggs in the sand and marine mammals haul themselves out to fight on the beaches. Sea-lions come ashore to give birth, but killer whales crash through the surf to snatch their young.

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    From the open oceans, millions of seabirds are forced to come onto land to breed. Sea eagles steal kittiwake chicks from their nesting ledges. Turtles lay their eggs in the sand and marine mammals haul themselves out to fight on the beaches. Sea-lions come ashore to give birth, but killer whales crash through the surf to snatch their young.

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