When BAFTA-winning cameraman Patrick Dykstra, submerged in the Norwegian sea, came within inches of being crashed into by a humpback whale, he described it not as a harrowing ordeal, or even a bit of a shock, but as “the greatest moment of my life”. This brand of fearless passion is, of course, exactly the sort you need when you’re spending most of your days in the ocean capturing the world’s largest and most magnificent animals on film. If you’ve seen footage from David Attenborough’s groundbreaking two-part Blue Planet series, you’ll have marvelled at these whales from the comfort of your living room - but what is it actually like to bob around with them right in the action, camera in hand? Dykstra, who is currently enjoying a residency of the more relaxed variety at the Coco Collection resorts in the Maldives, took some time out to answer our questions. How does one score a job filming Blue Planet? Dykstra, now 39, didn’t start out in … [Read more...] about Filming whales, swimming with sharks and dodging guerillas: lessons from Blue Planet’s cameraman
Why earth is blue planet
Naturalist Sir David Attenborough has been described as the “greatest living Englishman” by a national museum director. Ian Owens, director of science at the Natural History Museum in London, paid tribute to Sir David today – his 92 birthday. Mr Owens joined a host of people on social media paying tribute to Sir David , who was brought up in Leicester. He posted on Twitter: “Happy Birthday to the Greatest Living Englishman – David Attenborough – who has arguably done more than any other person to inspire a wonder of the natural world – and is champion for all those seeking a better balance between nature and human activities.” The Natural History Museum tweeted: “Happy 92 birthday Sir David Attenborough. Thank you for you stunning documentaries, your inspiring words and your work to preserve the beauty of our home, planet earth.” The Blue Planet Society posted: "The number of people around the world whose love of nature was … [Read more...] about Why David Attenborough was called ‘greatest living Englishman’
A STRING of Brit territories around the world will be protected under new “blue belt” plans to save the oceans.British waters represent the fifth largest marine estate in the world, with the seas around the 14 overseas territories home to an array of wildlife. They contain breeding grounds for endangered turtles, a third of the world’s albatrosses, a quarter of all penguins on Earth and the world’s largest coral atoll.And the Government has committed to protect the waters around seven of these territories.Some 2.5million square miles of ocean will be designated “blue belt”, according to Richard Benyon – one of 133 MPs who backed the campaign.The waters around the British Indian Ocean Territory, Pitcairn, Ascension, Tristan da Cunha, Saint Helena, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands will all be protected under the scheme.The commitment will see human activity such as tourism, oil and gas drilling, mining and fishing restricted in a … [Read more...] about These Brit territories will be protected in ‘blue belt’ plan inspired by Blue Planet to save oceans and endangered species
TRANSGENDER fish and flying stingrays are among the stars of Blue Planet II, which splashes on to our screens tomorrow night, 16 years after the hit first series.With its fresh cast of sea life and even more ambitious filming techniques, it is set to be another ratings smash for veteran narrator Sir David Attenborough.Last year’s Planet Earth II thrilled more than TEN MILLION viewers an episode, with dancing bears, racer snakes battling iguanas and flamingos trying to walk on perilously thin ice.Blue Planet II has just as many brilliant moments, including a baby walrus fighting for survival and huge fish that fly out of the ocean to catch birds.The new series took four years to make, with producers spending a total of 6,000 hours underwater and going on 125 expeditions across 39 countries.Sir David, 91, says: “We journey across the globe from the warm waters of the tropics to the coldest waters around the poles to bring us a new understanding of life beneath the … [Read more...] about Sir David Attenborough gives us a look into his new show Blue Planet II which took four years to make
On Friday (28.10.), 24 countries including Russia, China, the United States, and members of the European Union agreed to create the world's largest marine protected area in the Ross Sea. Located in the Antarctic, the reserve will be twice the size of Texas. The proposal to make it a protected area was made by the US and New Zealand - the closest country to the sea. The new status means that no fishing activity will be allowed in the 1.6 million square kilometer (620,000 square mile) zone - Russian vessels had for example been catching Antarctic toothfish in the area, but would no longer be allowed to do so. The breakthrough took place at the annual meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) in Hobart, Australia. DW spoke with Mike Walker, project director at the Antarctic Ocean Alliance, who is on the scene in Hobart. Deutsche Welle: Everyone seems very excited about this deal, why is it so important? Mike Walker: … [Read more...] about Why is the new Antarctic marine sanctuary such a big deal?