A Visit To A Blue World

Updated: Jan 26 2003, 05:30am hrs
According to The Wall Street Journal, if there had been a Nobel Prize for television production, it would have gone to the Blue Planet series, which premiered on Discovery Channel on January 23. Well, recommendations dont come higher than that.

Blue Planet, which examines underwater worlds, has several scientific and film firsts to its credit. It is narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and co-produced by Discovery Channel and BBC. It took five years to complete and employed 16 specialised crews in 200 locations worldwide.

The next episode, The Deep, to be telecast on January 30, looks at animals that have never been seen before by most of us. Says Deepak Shourie, managing director of Discovery Networks India, In fact, 85 per cent are some of the strangest life forms on our planet.

Mr Shourie says further, Blue Planet has been aired for the first time for viewers in India. It has excellent photography, amazing aerial shots, insights into new marine species, all combining together to bring forth a never seen before series that gives us an opportunity to understand the treasures of the deep sea and explore its mysteries.

Hes not exaggerating. Even the short clip presented at the press preview opened before us a world complete in itself, with creatures that looked weird and mysterious, ranging from hairy anglers and fang-toothed fish to deep-sea octopuses. There were creatures with teeth so big that they couldnt close their mouths, others with their own special headlights. How do dolphins catch their prey Just ride on a high tide and open their mouths!

Mr Shourie claims that the Blue Planet televises dramatic footage of sequences that have never been filmed before. For instance, he points to the sequence on 15 killer whales hunting and killing a grey whale calf. He adds, The open sea is too big to comprehend360 million square kilometres of seawater, constantly traversed by the great ocean travellers. So, the task becomes all the more daunting.

The costs involved in making this series are equally astounding7 million!

Blue Planet; Discovery Channel; Thursdays 8 pm; Repeats on Saturdays 9 am, Sundays 1 pm