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‘Planet Earth III’ featuring Vancouver Island humpback whales coming to BBC Earth in March


Planet Earth and David Attenborough fans, stay tuned for this incredible release!

If you haven’t already heard, the highly-anticipated Planet Earth III, narrated by fan-favourite David Attenborough, features wildlife footage of humpback whales captured just off of Vancouver Island by Telegraph Cove.

This incredible new season will premiere exclusively on BBC Earth in Canada on March 10th during the channel’s nationwide free preview event.

The Telegraph Cove humpbacks can be seen in episode seven which is titled “Humans” as it follows how closely intertwined we are with the animals around us. 

According to the show’s producers, the sea mammals are a bit of an enigma, and their main goal was to capture them “trap-feeding” to better understand the process and strategy. 

The behaviour is a new feeding strategy that was first documented in 2011, when a humpback whale named “Conger” was observed by scientists feeding in this innovative way. 

He was seen opening his mouth near the surface when the density of fish in the water was low and diving birds were chasing them, causing the fish to race into his mouth seeking “shelter.”

Once the fish are in his mouth, Conger closes his jaws and gets a meal without expending much energy.

Since its inception, there are now 30 trap-feeders and this is the first extensive coverage of humpback whales eating in this way.

The film crews filmed the whales for six weeks in order to capture the behaviours they sought, and they reported that it was worth the wait.

Planet Earth III is coming nearly two decades after the original series, and through the continuation, we see how science and technology has advanced, but also how our planet has changed. 

According to their data and observations, we’ve reached a critical point in our planet’s history, as the natural world has changed more over the past few decades than ever previously observed in human history. 

The newest season brings audiences footage shot with lightweight drones, high-speed cameras, and remotely operated deep-sea submersibles that transport viewers to spectacular unseen landscapes.

From the most remote jungles to the deepest oceans, and from the darkest caves to the hottest deserts, audiences will get to experience it all.

You will be able to view Planet Earth III on BBC Earth here.

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