Frozen Planet - fascinating facts

The filming of the amazing BBC series Frozen Planet broke many records for the Natural History Unit. The coldest, the oldest, the first – read these astonishing facts here. 

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Orcas photographed for BBC series Frozen Planet

The coldest, the oldest, the first – the filming of the amazing BBC series broke many records for the Natural History Unit.

 
2,356 days filming in the field – a new record
 
134 hours diving beneath the ice – at temperatures down to -2C
 
2,118 dehydrated meals eaten
 
425 days at temperatures below -15C.
 
2 million fur seals accompanied during filming
 
1 visit to the North Pole by Sir David Attenborough – his first time
 
18 million seabirds filmed in the Bering Sea near Alaska – the greatest concentration on the planet
 
14 years lifespan of the woolly bear caterpillar, the world’s most long-lived, filmed on Ellesmere Island: it freezes in winter and resumes eating after thawing in spring
 
9 weeks spent in the company of naïve Arctic wolves with no previous human contact
 
500,000 Adélie penguins in the Cape Crozier colony filmed during peak breeding season.
 
-40˚C temperatures experienced during filming in Yakutsk, Siberia – the coldest city on Earth
 
 
Read the rest of our Frozen Planet content here. 
 

 

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