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Animal Planet, BBC explore “Great Barrier Reef”

In September, Animal Planet will air a two-hour special coproduced with the BBC that journeys under the Coral Sea to explore one of the seven wonders of the world.
August 23, 2012

On September 9, Animal Planet will air Great Barrier Reef, a two-hour special that journeys under the Coral Sea to explore one of the seven wonders of the world.

The special, coproduced with the BBC, will use remote cameras, underwater macro- and digital time-lapse photograpy to capture sequences never filmed before.

The inside look at the Great Barrier Reef will span the more than 1,200 miles of the natural wonder, with untouched islands, coral cays and marine life on display.

Some of the wildlife featured in the special includes sharks that can walk on land, deadly snails, fluorescent coral and lethal jellyfish, while the cameras will also explore the SS Yongala, a 100-year-old shipwreck that is home to schools of fish, sea snakes, sting rays and more.

The special also explores the wild outer reefs of the Coral Sea, habitats of mangroves and the rugged rainforest on the shoreline.

Great Barrier Reef aired on BBC 2 earlier this year.

Krishna San Nicolas is the coordinating producer for Animal Planet. Neil Nightingale is the executive producer and James Brickell is the series producer for BBC.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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