Ocean Hunters (01:45)
In this episode of “Round Planet,” narrator Armstrong Wedgewood (Matt Lucas) explores the depths of Earth’s oceans. He focuses on “underdog assassins” and other occupants of the feature that covers two-thirds of the planet.
Plankton Bloom (03:12)
The sun warms the coastal waters of Canada to create a bloom. A million organisms fill each liter of seawater. A swarm of moon jellyfish feed on small creatures; some become prey for fried egg jellyfish.
Cone Snail (03:13)
Tropical seas have few nutrients, but coral reefs provide food and shelter. This snail is the most venomous animal on the reef. It catches a fish and will not have to eat again for several days.
Beyond the coral reef, the slender fish has few places to hide from predators. It adapts by darting into the orifice of a sea cucumber. Some species eat their host’s gonads, while others procreate inside the body cavity.
Sarcastic Fringehead (02:46)
Kelp forests only grow in nutrient rich, shallow seas. A fringehead occupies an abandoned conk shell. and becomes territorial when another fringehead moves in next door. Later, it chases away an octopus.
Sunflower Sea Star (02:51)
A variety of strange creatures live at the bottom of the sea. The sea star is a fearsome if slow predator. A king crab rips off one of its limbs, but it will grow back.
Mass Molting (02:19)
Waters off the coast of Melbourne teem with crabs in winter. They shed their shells and wait for new ones to harden. A stingray looks for a meal.
Fish flock to the coastal waters of British Columbia to gorge on microscopic animals; humpback whales feed on the herring. The herring move in sync, using fast repetitive ticks. The whales use their calls to create air bubbles and herd the herring.
Credits: Round Planet: Oceans (00:32)
Credits: Round Planet: Oceans
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