Where to find the Creatures of David Attenborough’

by Travelbag on 27 November 2017, 15:11PM


“We know less about our oceans than we do about the surface of Mars”. Its little wonder when you think of Mars’ bleak, red and dusty surface compared to the numerous exquisite ecosystems of Earth’s oceans.

It wasn’t so long ago that David Attenborough observed the cognitive prowess of Brazilian capuchins using rocks as tools to smash open hard nut shells in BBC Life. As it turns out, octopi have leapfrogged our cute primate cousins in the Stone Age, somehow arriving to the medieval unnoticed; complete with shields to fend off attackers. And that’s just for starters.

Blue Planet’s filming locations are often remote, isolated and in the case of ‘The Deep’ episode, impossible to reach. Read on to find out Blue Planet’s filming locations and the wildlife from the show you can see there.

1. Snubfin dolphins in Western Australia


Find a cheap flight to Perth on Australia’s west coast to see the snubfin dolphins along the Dampier Peninsula of Roebuck Bay. Opt for camping – there’s not much in the way of accommodation out here. Besides, activities like snorkeling, fishing and mud crabbing lend themselves to sleeping in the great outdoors. Dawn and dusk are when the dolphins are most active.

 

2. Broadclub cuttlefish in Lombok, Indonesia


The hypnotic hunting and technique of the broadclub cuttlefish resembles an alien spacecraft coming into land – helped along by Hans Zimmer’s melodramatic soundtrack. Spot them in Indonesian reefs in Lombok and Komodo National Park. Those with their open water dive certificates will especially want a holiday to Indonesia on their bucket list.

 

3. Kobudai fish, Japan


The team filmed the Kobudai near Sado Island off the west coast of Japan. Males are easy to spot because of the bulbous forehead but given the fishes ability to change gender, it’s easier said than done. This transfiguration is normally triggered in June (lasting 2 weeks) when the water hits 16 degrees Celsius.  Check out our flight deals to Tokyo for this time of year.

4. Trevally, Seychelles Islands

Many a time we’ve watched birds of prey dive, pluck or scoop fish from open waters on a Mr Attenborough narrated show. But fish turn the tides in Blue Planet II; trevally surge from the water to drag sooty tern birds down into the depths. Even the calm waters of the Indian Ocean on a Seychelles holiday, normally mentioned for coral reef lagoons and palm trees, are a battleground of survival.

5. Octopi, Bali and Sulawesi, Indonesia

The veined octopus of western pacific waters is a clever guy. Like their prey (crabs and clams) they use armour to protect their flesh from predators but unlike crustaceans and molluscs, the octopus must forage for its defences. Find them in Bali and north Sulawesi, Indonesia.

 

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