He is not just a TV presenter, he is a household name, someone who can and has changed people's mindset about being mindful of our fragile ecosystem. He is Sir David Attenborough, the legendary English broadcaster and natural historian. We all know him from the BBC fame. Shows like Life On Earth, The Living Planet, Life Of Birds and Planet Earth among many other documentaries, are some of the must-watch shows.
These nature documentaries along with the unique style of narration does not only give the viewers the desire to go travel and see these places for themselves but also inspires to stop and rethink our acts. There are places far, wide and spectacular right in front of us, in the form of a show. There are amazing wildlife, unbelievably marvelous world under and above ground that are so different than what we see right outside our homes. But the big question remains: will they be there in the next couple of decades? While that remains something that doesn't have a very good future (unfortunately), nature documentaries are there for us to watch and maybe, just maybe, learn from them. One such nature documentary is the April 2019's Our Planet on Netflix.
Our Planet, the British nature documentary is a series narrated by none other than Sir David Attenborough and is created by Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey, the duo who created BBC documentary series Planet Earth, Frozen Planet and The Blue Planet. Our Planet is in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF). One thing that speaks out loud in this series is the dire need for conservation of certain species that now face the threat of extinction.
If you are wondering, the show took four long years in the making, 3375 days of filming in a total of 60 countries, 400,000 hours of camera trap montoring, 6,600 drone flights, a total of 911 days at sea, 2,000 hours of diving and a crew of 600 members that made over 200 filming trips. The result is what you see on your screens--fantastic, captivating and sometimes heart wrenching scenes from the wild.
The human race is an amazing one. We are the biggest cause for the planet's greatest race to extinction. The future of the Earth is bleak and this show shows us how exactly. The series has eight parts or episodes based on the diversity of habitats, from the bleak Russian Arctic Coasts to the gigantic landscapes of Africa and the Amazon. Let's go over some of the most striking aspects about this landmark series.
##Episode one was filmed in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania; Store Glacier, Greenland; Kuujjuarapik, Quebec, Canada. Episode two in Svalbard; Chukotka Coast, Russia; South Georgia; Arctic Bay, Nunavut, Canada. Episode three in Sumatra; New Guinea; Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Borneo. Episode four in Raja Ampat; Great Barrier Reef, Australia; Southern California, USA; Paracas / Punta San Juan National Park, Peru / Chile; Alaska, USA; Fakarava, French Polynesia. Episode five in Namibia; Oman; Maasai Mara, Kenya; Atacama Desert, Chile; Ural Steppe, Kazakhstan. Episode six in the deep sea; Gulf of California, Mexico; Pacific Coast of Costa Rica; Florida Keys; Antibes, France; Cornwall; Cape Town / Hout Bay, South Africa. Episode seven in the Pantanal, South America; Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania; Tiwi Islands; Lake Eyre, Australia; Florida; Caño Cristales, Colombia; Tisza River, Hungary; Iguazu Falls. Episode eight in Madagascar, Sikhote-Alin, Russia; Anaimalai Hills, India; Chernobyl, Ukraine; Haines, Alaska.
## The shark feeding frenzy was shot in French Polynesia in the South Pacific, one of the last places on the planet where sharks are fully protected and thus they swim in huge number.
## To shoot the elusive Siberian tiger, members of the team lived approximately 800 hours in a small wooden box of a cabin. Two winters were spent in those cabins monitoring the tigers whose territory spread over a massive area, making the filming all the more tough. A network of motion sensor camera traps finally gave them the desired shots.
## Suaq Reserve in Sumatra (Indonesia) gave us the wonderful footage of orangutans who have learned how to make and use tools.
## The Store Glacier in Greenland was the series' most nerve wracking shoot-- massive ice blocks breaking off causing for the submerged ice to come to surface. This was shot over a three-weeks time.
## The intimate footage of a mother blue whale and her calf was shot in Mexico's Gulf of California.
## The most heartbreaking footage of hundreds of walruses plummeting to their deaths was shot in Russia. The team was surrounded by over 50,000 walruses.
## The footage of forest reclaiming the ruins of Chernobyl and wildlife returning slowly to that nuclear waste of a town definitely gives us hope that the planet will survive and heal. Though we can't be too sure at what cost.