Planet Earth

Have I told you guys that Sean and I have been watching the Planet Earth documentary series? I know I have, but I just wanted to remind you. Sean and I get two new DVDs each week from Netflix (pending our return of the previous week’s DVDs).

So far we’ve watched

  • “Pole to Pole” – A basic overview of the series and how climate change is affecting the animals around the world.
  • “Mountains” – You see a super-rare snow leopard. They’re fuzzy and chase mountain goats around the cliffs.

    The Baltoro Glacier in the Karakoram
  • “Fresh Water” – You can see piranhas clean a wounded fish of all its flesh–just like in the movies.
  • “Caves”- You see a giant mountain of bat poop and all the cockroaches that live in it. The cockroaches are so ferocious that they’ll eat a bat that falls from the cave ceiling.

    The Lechuguilla Cave
  • “Deserts”- In this one there are jumping lizards feeding on big black flies. “Leapin’ lizards!” (name that movie)
  • “Ice Worlds”- This one has humpback whale eating a krilly dinner and a momma polar bear and her two clumsy cubs. They’re just like the Coca Cola commercials.

    The aurora borealis in Alaska
  • “Great Plains” – You see a rare event in this episode where a group of lions actually hunt and kill an elephant (they’re desperate).
  • “Jungles” – In this episode you see the mating rituals of the birds of paradise. They are so colorful and interesting.

    A Costa Rican tree frog
  • “Shallow Seas” – You see the great white shark attack seals in slow motion so that every second is slowed down to last 40 seconds. Awesome. And a little scary.
  • “Seasonal Forests” – This episode shows the rare 17-year cycle of cicadas, which essentially come out of the ground to eat, breed, and die within 24 hours.

    A stand of giant redwoods
  • “Ocean Deep” –  We just finished this one last night. This one shows everything from whale sharks, to deep sea volcanoes, and green turtles.

It apparently took them five years to film and produce the series, but it was totally worth it. It was the most expensive documentary filmed EVER and the only one filmed in high definition. But it pays off! It’s like watching humpback whales in your own living room.

It just goes to show how small we all are.

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