DIVING 350 MILLION YEARS INTO THE PAST
For the internationally acclaimed TV series Blue Planet II, OceanX took a BBC team where no one had gone before: 1,000 meters beneath Antarctica’s ocean. What they found there awed the team—and millions of viewers around the world.
This was unexplored territory that plays a central role in our planet’s life cycle. Called “the lungs of the deep,” it is the source of oxygen-rich waters that bring life to deep oceans all over the world. We were seeing it up close for the very first time, and it didn’t disappoint.
At 1,000 meters down, despite the extreme cold, the team found a sea floor literally crawling with life. Marine “snow”—organic matter descending from above, and an important source of food—was thicker here than they’d seen anywhere else in the ocean.
On a single rock, the team counted more than a dozen different species. And because few fish can survive in water this cold, invertebrates were the dominant predator, as they were in the oceans more than 350 million years ago. It was like a dive into the ocean’s past.
Of course, we shared the experience with the world. Awe-inspiring footage of the mission was featured in Blue Planet II, in an episode titled, simply, “The Deep.”
This mission proves, in the words of science leader Jon Copley, that “there is no longer any part of our blue planet that is inaccessible to us, if we can find the will to go there.”
|SCIENCE PARTNER:||BBC Studios|
|RELEASE DATE:||November-December 2016|