The BBC has announced that a new series of the seminal nature documentary Blue Planet is being made.
The original series, which was narrated by Sir David Attenborough, aired in 2001 and featured never-before-seen footage of the world’s marine life.
When it was first shown, it became a landmark in nature filmmaking and was watched by more than 12 million people.
Blue Planet II will air later this year, 16 years after the original series, with Attenborough once again taking the narrating helm.
The BBC claims it has spent 4 years filming footage for the new series, which uses new camera and filming innovations in order to get even closer to the marine life.
Highlights from the series will include footage of orcas and even the discovery of a new species of crab - dubbed the “Hoff crab” due to its hairy chest.
Executive producer of the series, James Honeyborne, said that the series would focus on scientific breakthroughs.
"The oceans are the most exciting place to be right now, because new scientific discoveries have given us a new perspective of life beneath the waves.
"Blue Planet II is taking its cue from these breakthroughs, unveiling unbelievable new places, extraordinary new behaviours and remarkable new creatures. Showing a contemporary portrait of marine life, it will provide a timely reminder that this is a critical moment for the health of the world's oceans."
Blue Planet II will be broadcast on BBC One later this year.
Source: BBC News