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Our Blue Planet

Over the last seven weeks, our Blue Planet II series has focused on the underwater habitats and marine life that live on “our blue planet”, featuring an assortment of captivating creatures, including manta rays, blennies, spinner dolphins, sea turtles, octopus, starfish, and whales; in many different habitats, from the darkest depths, to coral reefs, coastal tide pools, the open ocean, and underwater forests.

Blue Planet II’s final episode, Our Blue Planet, looks to the future and asks, “What will our oceans look like five, ten, twenty years from now?”, examining the ongoing issues of marine pollution, climate change, and other human activity that impacts our oceans. But despite this bleak outlook, there are messages of hope: global organisations, communities, and individuals working together to protect the future of our oceans for all the creatures who call it home. For our last installment of the Blue Planet II series, we reflect on the impact humans have had on the oceans and take a look at what the future has in store for our relationship with the vast blue planet.

We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring this fantastic series with us – you can catch up with any posts you may have missed throughout the series below:

Episode 1: One Ocean
Episode 2: The Deep
Episode 3: Coral Reefs
Episode 4: Big Blue
Episode 5: Green Seas
Episode 6: Coasts

Featured image credit: Panorama by pixexid. CC0 Public domain via Pixabay.

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