Thoughts on Planet Earth II

10 years after the original series blessed our screens and introduced a generation to the wonderful world we live in, it's fair to say Planet Earth II has yet again enchanted the nation. Every Sunday night for the past six weeks, Twitter has been alive with people discussing the series, and evidently revelling in the incredible scenes being presented to them on their television screens.


I personally have thoroughly enjoyed the series. Some of the stories told by the BBC this time have been truly incredible. And what's been really encouraging for me is to see the statistics being released following the series. Namely the fact that "more young people are watching Planet Earth II than the X Factor". For me, this is a great sign that the next generation are more interested in the environment and the animals that live around them than ever before.

Sir David Attenborough and the BBC have yet again produced a nature documentary that has captured the interest of the nation, and I hope that the latest series has inspired a new generation of children interested in, and fascinated by, the natural world. 

So on to the series itself. I've seen many other sites listing their top moments - so, in no particular order, here are mine:
        
- The fighting Golden Eagles
(Episode 2 - Mountains). This amazing scene, filmed in the Alps, demonstrated competitive behaviour between two rival eagles as they fought over a fox carcass.

- Snow Leopards
(Episode 2 - Mountains). This sequence, following one of my favourite animals, included some incredible footage of the rare snow leopard - a rarely seen big cat from the Asian continent.
'Iguana vs Snakes'
(Episode 1 - Islands). This heart-in-mouth sequence, which has since gone viral, showed the world the terrifying moment a young iguana hatches and is forced to run for its life away from an armada of racer snakes.
- Glass Frog defending its young
(Episode 3 - Jungles). This scene was a personal favourite, showcasing a side of life for the smaller animals that is never properly appreciated - as a Glass Frog father fights against wasps to defend his young.
- The hunting Bobcat
(Episode 2 - Mountains). Another wonderful insight into the life of a species that is again not often covered by documentaries - the Bobcat as it hunted for its prey in the snowy wilderness.
- Jaguar vs Caiman
(Episode 3 - Jungles). Another incredible piece of footage - this time from Brazil, as a jaguar took on a 10 foot caiman.

But, for me, arguably the best and most important scene came at the very end of the series, where Sir David Attenborough, stood atop the Shard in Central London, addressed the world with an inspirational ending message about the future of life on Earth:


Without doubt, Planet Earth II has been a hit. Not only is it the most viewed natural history program for 15 years, but each episode generated around 10-14 million viewers in itself, which is pretty impressive. And the nation, I feel, have responded well:


So overall, what a series Planet Earth II has been. Once again, the BBC's Natural History Unit have given the world a gift of television, and have yet again helped educate the planet about the world around us. But ultimately, this series, more than anything, has helped show the world what a wonderful planet we live on, and why it is so precious and certainly worthy of protecting.

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Photo credits:
1) landscape by 'barnyz' on Flickr, license, no changes made
2) Snow Leopard by Eric Kilbylicense, no changes made

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