Blue Planet II: Bird Eating Fish – trailer – incredible scenes – visually stunning

Blue Planet II: Bird Eating Fish

Blue Planet II: Bird Eating Fish – stunning but horrific scenes. 

Giant trevallies launch themselves out of the water to catch fledgling terns. This is a trailer from the new Blue Planet. The marine sporting fish from the Indo-Pacific ocean. Birds cannot get too close or they’re swallowed up. Ideal meal for this kind of fish. Flocks fly extremely close to the water. In some cases they just need a drink.

Wildlife documentary series, presented and narrated by David Attenborough, explores the planet’s oceans.

The overwhelming majority of Blue Planet II has been filmed in the wild. Blue Planet II is a natural history series.  It is led by the latest scientific discoveries and the production team collaborated with hundreds of scientists around the world’s oceans.

Filming tecniques

When working in the field, studying the smaller marine creatures, scientists sometimes set-up marine labs. We’ve been lucky enough to access these for our ‘macro’ filming. This brings the full wonder and detail of marine life to our audience.

To compile a full portrait of the oceans, we need to tell the amazing story of tiny creatures as well as the big ones. Sometimes we have to film in controlled conditions to protect the welfare of the animals. In others instances, it’s to protect the safety of the scientists and crew.

The vast majority of the audience prefer not to ‘break the spell’ in the commentary, so we don’t explain how we achieved shots during the film itself. And we only have time for one making-of sequence at the end of each episode. We try to choose the one which was the most challenging to achieve, or the one in which the story of the crew’s endeavours is most likely to engage the audience.

Take a deep breath. Blue Planet II, the seven part landmark series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, starts Sunday 29th October on BBC One.

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