BBC Blue Planet II trailer reveals Earth’s ocean creatures

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An astonishing new trailer for the BBC’s highly-anticipated Blue Planet II has revealed the colourful and alien-like underwater creatures that will feature in the new series.

The 60-second trailer features stunning shots of dolphins, killer whales and bioluminescent beasts of the deep, all backed by the music of German composer Hans Zimmer.

Viewers are also treated to dazzling clips of octopuses, sea dragons, and a closeup with a bizarre sea slug. 

BLUE PLANET II

Just as Planet Earth II used jungle-adapted drones and ultra-lightweight cameras, Blue Planet II has made use of new filming technologies to offer an unprecedented view of the marine environment.

State-of-the-art suction cameras have been used, allowing viewers to ‘travel’ on the back of whale sharks and orcas.

Film crews have also used ultra HD ‘tow cams’ to give a front-on view of sea creatures, and a ‘probe camera’ to give a close-up view of miniature marine life.

A field of tiny glowing jellyfish are also shown in the trailer for the new seven-part documentary series, which begins on October 29 in the UK.

The episodes will air on BBC America in early 2018.

Film crews spent four years diving to the depths of Earth’s oceans to capture weird and wonderful underwater species.

The programme will feature rare footage of giant cuttlefish, sprouting sea cucumbers and walking starfish.

Other creatures include snubfin dolphins, which squirt mouthfuls of water in the direction of their prey to disorientate them.

As well as a host of ocean species, Blue Planet II is also due to investigate the ‘health of the world’s oceans’.

As with the original series, renowned naturalist David Attenborough will narrate each episode.

He said: ‘I am truly thrilled to be joining this new exploration of the underwater worlds which cover most of our planet, yet are still its least known.’ 

Meanwhile, BBC bosses appeared overjoyed to have him on board for the seven-part series, with director of content Charlotte Moore describing him as ‘the one and only David Attenborough’. 

The new 60-second trailer for the BBC's highly-anticipated Blue Planet II features stunning shots of dolphins, whales and bioluminescent beasts of the deep, all backed by the music of German composer Hans Zimmer

The new 60-second trailer for the BBC's highly-anticipated Blue Planet II features stunning shots of dolphins, whales and bioluminescent beasts of the deep, all backed by the music of German composer Hans Zimmer

The new 60-second trailer for the BBC’s highly-anticipated Blue Planet II features stunning shots of dolphins, whales and bioluminescent beasts of the deep, all backed by the music of German composer Hans Zimmer

Viewers of the new trailer are also treated to dazzling shots of colourful octopuses, sea dragons (pictured), and a closeup with a green sea turtle

Viewers of the new trailer are also treated to dazzling shots of colourful octopuses, sea dragons (pictured), and a closeup with a green sea turtle

Viewers of the new trailer are also treated to dazzling shots of colourful octopuses, sea dragons (pictured), and a closeup with a green sea turtle

The seven-part documentary series begins on October 29 in the UK, and will air on BBC America in early 2018. The show will feature a host of underwater creatures, including a deep-sea squid as it hunts its prey (pictured)

The seven-part documentary series begins on October 29 in the UK, and will air on BBC America in early 2018. The show will feature a host of underwater creatures, including a deep-sea squid as it hunts its prey (pictured)

The seven-part documentary series begins on October 29 in the UK, and will air on BBC America in early 2018. The show will feature a host of underwater creatures, including a deep-sea squid as it hunts its prey (pictured)

Just as Planet Earth II used jungle-adapted drones and ultra-lightweight cameras, Blue Planet II has made use of new filming technologies to offer an unprecedented view of the marine environment.

State-of-the-art suction cameras have been used, to allow viewers to ‘travel’ on the back of whale sharks and orcas.

Film crews have also used ultra HD ‘tow cams’ to give a front-on view of sea creatures, and a ‘probe camera’ to give a close-up view of miniature marine life.

James Honeyborne, executive producer of the series, said: ‘The Oceans are the most exciting place to be right now, because new scientific discoveries have given us a new perspective of life beneath the waves.

The programme will feature rare footage of giant cuttlefish, sprouting sea cucumbers and walking starfish. Pictured is a shot of a bright school of fish from the new trailer

The programme will feature rare footage of giant cuttlefish, sprouting sea cucumbers and walking starfish. Pictured is a shot of a bright school of fish from the new trailer

The programme will feature rare footage of giant cuttlefish, sprouting sea cucumbers and walking starfish. Pictured is a shot of a bright school of fish from the new trailer

Film crews spent four years diving to the depths of the ocean to capture the weird and wonderful creatures that live there, including a series of bioluminescent species like the one pictured

Film crews spent four years diving to the depths of the ocean to capture the weird
 and wonderful creatures that live there, including a series of bioluminescent species like the one pictured

Film crews spent four years diving to the depths of the ocean to capture the weird and wonderful creatures that live there, including a series of bioluminescent species like the one pictured

A field of tiny glowing jellyfish are also shown in the trailer for the new seven-part documentary series, which will air 16 years after its highly-acclaimed predecessor

A field of tiny glowing jellyfish are also shown in the trailer for the new seven-part documentary series, which will air 16 years after its highly-acclaimed predecessor

A field of tiny glowing jellyfish are also shown in the trailer for the new seven-part documentary series, which will air 16 years after its highly-acclaimed predecessor

As well as covering a host of underwater species, such as this bizarre sea slug, Blue Planet II is also due to investigate the 'health of the world's oceans'

As well as covering a host of underwater species, such as this bizarre sea slug, Blue Planet II is also due to investigate the 'health of the world's oceans'

As well as covering a host of underwater species, such as this bizarre sea slug, Blue Planet II is also due to investigate the ‘health of the world’s oceans’

‘Blue Planet II is taking its cue from these breakthroughs, unveiling unbelievable new places, extraordinary new behaviours and remarkable new creatures. 

‘Showing a contemporary portrait of marine life, it will provide a timely reminder that this is a critical moment for the health of the world’s oceans.’

The new seven-part series comes 16 years after its groundbreaking predecessor Blue Planet, which first aired in 2001.

The original series received widespread critical acclaim, and made nearly £20 million in the sales of DVDs, books and broadcast rights.

The new seven-part series comes 16 years after its groundbreaking predecessor Blue Planet, which first aired in 2001. Pictured is a deep-sea creature featured in the new trailer

The new seven-part series comes 16 years after its groundbreaking predecessor Blue Planet, which first aired in 2001. Pictured is a deep-sea creature featured in the new trailer

The new seven-part series comes 16 years after its groundbreaking predecessor Blue Planet, which first aired in 2001. Pictured is a deep-sea creature featured in the new trailer

Bioluminescence is used by some deep-sea organisms to hunt prey, scare off predators or attract a mate. The stunning clours are achieved by the chemical emission of light by living organisms such as the angler fish or the plankton-like organisms pictured here, which feature in the new trailer

Bioluminescence is used by some deep-sea organisms to hunt prey, scare off predators or attract a mate. The stunning clours are achieved by the chemical emission of light by living organisms such as the angler fish or the plankton-like organisms pictured here, which feature in the new trailer

Bioluminescence is used by some deep-sea organisms to hunt prey, scare off predators or attract a mate. The stunning clours are achieved by the chemical emission of light by living organisms such as the angler fish or the plankton-like organisms pictured here, which feature in the new trailer

As with the original series, renowned naturalist David Attenborough will narrate each episode. Pictured is a school of fish that appears in the latest trailer

As with the original series, renowned naturalist David Attenborough will narrate each episode. Pictured is a school of fish that appears in the latest trailer

As with the original series, renowned naturalist David Attenborough will narrate each episode. Pictured is a school of fish that appears in the latest trailer

A number of shots of colourful octopuses appear in the short teaser, including this image of an octopus attacking one of the crew's cameras

A number of shots of colourful octopuses appear in the short teaser, including this image of an octopus attacking one of the crew's cameras

A number of shots of colourful octopuses appear in the short teaser, including this image of an octopus attacking one of the crew’s cameras

A first glimpse of the highly-anticipated natural history series Blue Planet II showcased an array of weird and wonderful sea creatures last month, from spitting dolphins, to ¿dancing yeti crabs¿, to playful sea lions

A first glimpse of the highly-anticipated natural history series Blue Planet II showcased an array of weird and wonderful sea creatures last month, from spitting dolphins, to ¿dancing yeti crabs¿, to playful sea lions

A first glimpse of the highly-anticipated natural history series Blue Planet II showcased an array of weird and wonderful sea creatures last month, from spitting dolphins, to ‘dancing yeti crabs’, to playful sea lions

The series will not only cover underwater creatures, with animals like the elephant seal (pictured) also expected to make an appearance

The series will not only cover underwater creatures, with animals like the elephant seal (pictured) also expected to make an appearance

The series will not only cover underwater creatures, with animals like the elephant seal (pictured) also expected to make an appearance

Among the ingenious creatures on show in the trailer was a small tusk fish appearing to spit out a clam it had held between its teeth, and another creature with feet-like tentacles

Among the ingenious creatures on show in the trailer was a small tusk fish appearing to spit out a clam it had held between its teeth, and another creature with feet-like tentacles

Among the ingenious creatures on show in the trailer was a small tusk fish appearing to spit out a clam it had held between its teeth, and another creature with feet-like tentacles

A five-minute trailer for the new series posted online last month featured close-up shots of a sea turtle as it fed on sea grass 

A five-minute trailer for the new series posted online last month featured close-up shots of a sea turtle as it fed on sea grass 

A five-minute trailer for the new series posted online last month featured close-up shots of a sea turtle as it fed on sea grass