Every animal on the planet has the drive to raise their young. This final special showcases the most breath-taking and touching courtship, birthing and parenting behaviors. The polar bear mother and her cubs, pink river dolphins’ mating dance, the famous courtship dances of the birds of paradise, and forest elephant families. There are heartbreaking stories, such as when the chicks of the snow geese are snatched by an Arctic fox. While other tales have happy endings, like the polar bear mother leading her tiny cubs out of their den.
This jaw-dropping, award-winning, landmark series from the BBC's Natural History Unit presents the epic story of life on Earth. Four years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. Using a budget of unprecedented proportions, HD photography and unique, specially developed filming techniques, Planet Earth shows you our world in a way you've never quite seen it before.
Season 1, Episode 6
The Arctic and Antarctic experience the most extreme seasons on Earth. Time-lapse cameras watch a colony of emperor penguins, transforming them into a single organism. The film reveals new science about the dynamics of emperor penguin behaviour. In the north, unique aerial images show a polar bear swimming more than 100km. Diving for up to two minutes at a time. The exhausted polar bear later attacks a herd of walrus in a true clash of the Titans.
Season 1, Episode 4
The Cave of Swallows in Mexico is a 400m vertical shaft, deep enough to engulf the Empire State Building. The Lechuguilla cave system in the USA is 193km long with astonishing crystal formations. Caves are remarkable habitats with equally bizarre wildlife. Planet Earth gets unique access to a hidden world of stalactites, stalagmites, snotites and troglodytes.
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