Penguin chicks struggle for survival after trekking throughout Antarctic wastelands in new BBC collection
A leap of religion: Penguin chicks struggle for survival after trekking throughout Antarctic wastelands in outstanding scenes from Sir David Attenborough’s new BBC collection Frozen Planet II
- Scenes of penguins leaping into the ocean had been captured on BBC’s Frozen Planet II
- Second when grownup birds left their younger to their destiny additionally filmed for the collection
- Grownup birds additionally filmed huddled collectively to defend their younger in opposition to icy winds
- New collection is a follow-up to Frozen Planet which was broadcast on BBC in 2011
Deserted by their dad and mom to make a treacherous 30-mile trek throughout the frozen Antarctic wastelands, these emperor penguin chicks lastly pluck up the braveness to leap into the ocean to feast on its plentiful provide of fish.
The outstanding scene was captured on movie for the BBC’s new Frozen Planet II, together with the poignant moments when the grownup birds depart their younger to their destiny.
Because the documentary reveals the dad and mom wandering off – having shielded the chicks from icy 100mph winds till they’ve grown to simply over 3ft tall – narrator Sir David Attenborough, 96, tells viewers: ‘Their parental duties are full, and they’re going to by no means once more return to their chicks.’
The emperor penguin chicks lastly pluck up the braveness to leap into the ocean within the BBC’s new Frozen Planet II
In earlier scenes, a gaggle of grownup birds are proven huddling collectively to type a makeshift creche for the shivering chicks.
Sir David says: ‘Winds right here can attain speeds of over 100mph and a chick is in actual hazard of freezing to loss of life. However his dad and mom are presumably essentially the most devoted in all nature. They defend him from the total power of the icy blast and huddle collectively to create a decent creche. Inside it the chicks remarkably can preserve their physique temperature of 37C.’
The deserted chicks threat hunger till one among their quantity decides to start a trek to the ocean looking for contemporary fish. Cameras seize the second fellow chicks fall into line and be part of the harrowing and sometimes humorous 30-mile trek.
Sir David says: ‘When one makes the primary daring transfer, the remaining comply with. They set off at a gentle tempo – however sliding in your stomach is a straightforward choice.’ At one level the chicks use their beaks as ‘makeshift pickaxes’ to allow them to navigate towering partitions of ice.
They’re naturally suspicious of each crack within the edifice till the inevitable occurs and so they discover themselves struggling for survival in a freezing chasm.
The documentary captured moments when the grownup birds depart their younger to their destiny
The deserted chicks threat hunger till one among their quantity decides to start a trek to the ocean looking for contemporary fish
The brand new collection is a follow-up to the profitable Frozen Planet which was broadcast in 2011
Luckily, the chicks handle to scramble to security earlier than lastly making it to the ocean. The sequences finish with chicks leaping into the ocean to feed.
Sir David says: ‘These chicks are the fortunate ones. Not essentially the most swish entry. However they’re of their ingredient, the ocean. They’ve endured the hardest of upbringings however now they will reap the advantages of the lengthy summer season forward and feed within the richest waters on Earth.’
The brand new collection is a follow-up to the profitable Frozen Planet which was broadcast in 2011.
Tonight’s opening episode – scheduled to air on BBC1 at 8pm – additionally options comedian footage of an unlucky-in-love male hooded seal who tries however fails to impress two females by displaying an expandable sac in his left nostril.