‘Blue Planet II’ Viewers Scream Conspiracy Over Plastic Duck Footage
It's taken four years to film the incredible BBC nature documentary Blue Planet II. Every Sunday, viewers have been dazzled with amazing shots of what lurks on, below and deep below the ocean's surface.
The huge crew that helped produce the series had to develop a range of new equipment to get the shots that have been seen so far, some of which are hard to believe are real.
But one scene in particular has been criticised by some viewers, complaining that the show reproduced a scenario to get the shot. Sir David Attenborough explained how at least four shipping containers fall into the sea every day and one in 1992 was carrying thousands of plastic ducks.
Due to ocean currents and the inability for plastic to deteriorate for hundreds of years, the ducks drifted across our oceans and wound up in Australia, Alaska, Scotland and the Arctic.
But some viewers cried foul, saying there's no way the BBC managed to film the original duck incident and had, in fact, recreated the whole thing for the footage.
I can't tell whether Blue Planet II are having us on with this rubber duck story :joy:
- Megan (@_meganbassett) November 19, 2017
Whys blue planet saying that a plastic duck travelled across 3 oceans in 15 years and ended up in Scotland :joy::joy: love ya dave but not having that mate
- billy jay ward (@BillyWard18) November 19, 2017
I reckon Attenborough is bullshitting us with this rubber duck bollocks #BluePlanet
- Jumbocords (@Jumbocords) November 19, 2017
Are those fake or the actual ones ?
- David Allen (@DaveJAllen87) November 19, 2017
One person wrote: "I reckon Attenborough is bullshitting us with this rubber duck bollocks."
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While another added: "I can't tell whether Blue Planet II are having us on with this rubber duck story."
Well fucking duh. Of course they didn't get the actual footage of the container ship's cargo floating through the sea. Have these people seen the quality of film footage in 1992? It's certainly not HD like you'd see on your telly these days.
The BBC has been very up front in terms of how the production crew organised some of their shoots with episode producer John Ruthven saying: "Reconstructing the release of these ducks presented the team with a fresh challenge. While we wanted to tell their story, the team was also well aware of the ironies of putting plastic ducks in the sea.
"We were used to removing plastic from the ocean, and if we were to introduce any ourselves, we'd need to be very careful to make sure every single one was collected again afterwards.
"To film the re-enactment of the release was the biggest challenge, as part of it meant we'd need aerial drone footage of all 250 of them floating in the middle of the open ocean, and most importantly collect all 250 again."
Once they collected all the specimens they triple checked that they had 250 onboard and went on their merry way. The only ones that managed to get away were the ones that the crew offered to the Costa Rican team who helped them on the shoot.
Nature documentaries are always plagued with claims of special effects or reproducing scenarios - but this conspiracy is just stupid.
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