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'Planet Earth II' Crew Confirm They Put Turtles Back In The Ocean

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'Planet Earth II' Crew Confirm They Put Turtles Back In The Ocean

What a series, aye?

Planet Earth II's 'Cities' was a fantastic finale to the show and it focused on how animals adapt to lives in cities. This ranged from peregrine falcons hunting among New York City's skyscrapers to hyenas that live peacefully alongside the people of Harar.

But it included one scene which was very difficult to watch. The filming showed baby turtles who had lost their way in lights and mistakenly crawled from a beach towards the city on Barbados, where they were run over and trapped down storm drains.

The episode examined how some animals are struggling in urban environments, and questioned how cities can be built to serve their needs as well as those of human inhabitants. So, the crew were right to film the turtles' fight to survive.

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The camera crew said they found dozens of hatchlings crushed on the road, but if you were worried about the ones yet to die then don't because the team helped them out.

"Every turtle that was seen or filmed by the #PlanetEarth2 crew was collected and put back into the sea," BBC Earth confirmed on Twitter.

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The Beeb also posted a video which paid tribute to local conservationists at the Barbados Sea Turtle Project, who helped the crew and continue to rescue and fight for the turtles throughout the year.

Although it reached 12 million of us each week and eclipsed the viewing figures for The X Factor and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, it is still not known if a third series of Planet Earth will be commissioned. But producer Mike Gunton said it would be 'crazy to count it out'.

Featured image credit: BBC

Topics: Planet Earth 2, BBC, Sea

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