Hoy es el gran estreno de “SIETE MUNDOS, UN PLANETA”
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A N T Á R T I C A
La Antártica fue vista por el hombre por primera vez hace solo 200 años.
Es el continente más hostil de la Tierra con vientos que pueden alcanzar los 70 mph.
Los pingüinos Gentoo son los pingüinos más rápidos del mar y pueden nadar a 22 mph.
Cuando una foca de Weddell recién nacida toca el hielo por primera vez, es la caída de
temperatura más brusca que jamás haya enfrentado un animal.
Se estima que hay cuatrocientos trillones de krill en el océano austral y que su peso
combinado es mayor que el de cualquier otra especie animal en el planeta.
En este continente se encuentra el desierto más grande del mundo.
Todos los días en invierno, se congelan 40,000 millas cuadradas de mar.
Para finales del invierno, el continente ha duplicado su tamaño.
“Siete Mundos, Un Planeta”
Narrado por Aislinn Derbez
Nueva Serie, 4 de junio a las 9:00 PM
Picture Shows: St Andrews Bay, South Georgia. Home to a huge colony of king penguins EPISODE LEAD cleared for merchandise
Picture Shows: An adult grey headed albatross sitting on its nest on Bird Island
Picture Shows: Adult King penguins must head out to sea to collect food for their chicks. I watched this group walk to these rocks, and then hesitate getting into the cold water for ten minutes. Eventually one was pushed in.
Picture Shows: Below the sea ice, in the Ross sea, the water is a constant -2°C. In the cold, creatures here grow very slowly, but they can live long and become large in stature. The sea floor is carpeted with starfish and sea spiders the size of dinner plates. This rarely seen ecosystem is perhaps one of the most pristine left on earth.
Picture Shows: Weddell seal pups are born from the womb, at 37C, straight onto the sea ice. This is the sharpest drop in temperature any animal will ever face. They feed on extremely rich milk and double their weight in the first two weeks of their life. These early days are a vulnerable time, as they cannot swim until they are ten days old. Only then can they escape the brutal storms by sheltering in the water.
Picture Shows: The Weddell seal is the most southerly living species of mammal on the planet. It grinds a hole in the ice to keep its breathing hole open.
Picture Shows: Gentoo penguins bunch up on their journey from their colony down to the sea. They are hungry, but are nervous of the dangers that lurk in the water.
Picture Shows: A Southern Right whale, whalers gave these whales their name, as they were the right whales to hunt. This population of 35,000 was so reduced by this industry that only 35 females remained. However, since their protection, it has now grown to over 2,000 individuals. Amazingly these animals remain inquisitive and gentle around humans.
Picture Shows: Behind the scenes. Leopard seals are 3 metres long, and have an enormous mouth relative to their body size. They are extremely powerful and agile swimmers, but amazingly none of this deterred cameraman Hugh Miller from getting in the water to film them!
Picture Shows: Behind the scenes. Mark MacEwen decided to keep mobile by using a stabilised camera rig. Whilst engaged in battle these four tonne bulls pay absolutely no attention to the filming crew and pose no risk… but when the loser decides to retreat it does so as fast as it can, and the team had to make sure to get out of the way to avoid being trampled!
Picture Shows: Behind the scenes. Filming under the sea ice is not for the faint hearted. The team witnessed an extraordinary and rarely seen world, but to access it they had to drop through a hole, made in 12ft of ice, in to -2°C water. They then had to swim to their filming location carrying all their equipment. How long they could spend there was less to do with the amount of air they had left, and more to do with how long they could withstand the cold.
Picture Shows: Hugh Miller filming Weddell seals under the sea ice for Seven Worlds One Planet. McMurdo, Antarctica
Rolf Steinmann filming king penguin chicks for Seven Worlds One Planet, St Andrews Bay, South Georgia.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. A Weddell seal pup and mother. Weddell seal pups feed on extremely rich milk and double their weight in the first week of their life.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. Huge icebergs form when the ice shelf begins to break up. In large areas of Antarctica the rate at which these ice sheets are melting is doubling every decade, and with this global sea levels are rising.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. A grey-headed albatross chick waits for its parents to return with food.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. A young gentoo penguin sporting some of its remaining down feathers in the mohawk style.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. Gentoo penguins gather on an iceberg before heading out to sea to feed.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. A leopard seal stalks the shallows looking for gentoo penguins heading out to sea to feed.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. A huge diversity of life is found living under the sea ice in Antarctica.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. Colourful starfish carpet the sea floor under the sea-ice in Antarctica.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. Antarctica was first sighted by humans just 200 years ago.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. Below the sea ice the water is a constant minus 2 degrees centigrade. The high concentration of salt in the water stops it from freezing, but in the cold creatures like these sea anemones grow very slowly and to an old age.
Picture Shows: Screen grab. Cameraman Rolf Steinmann filming king penguin chicks on South Georgia.