Monday, March 19, 2012

Frozen Planet

Last night was the season premier of Discovery Channel and the BBC's co-production Frozen Planet. This was a great documentary about both the Arctic and the Antarctic. If you are interested in nature or animal life at all, I highly recommend watching this series. While yesterday was a two hour premier, the normally one hour series will continue on Sunday nights at 8:00 PM Eastern/Pacific Time. 

The series monitors and records various groups of animals, including polar bears, penguins, wolves, whales, and even caterpillars, as they interact in the wild. With the emergence of high definition technology, the footage is unbelievable. It is remarkable how different species interact and have optimized their lifestyles to survive in such a harsh environment. I guarantee that you will learn something interesting and new from watching this series and be absolutely blown away by the quality and clarity of the images. 

Personally, I learned that the Woolly bear caterpillar can live for 14 years before undergoing metamorphosis and turning into a moth. That makes it the oldest living caterpillar species. During the winter months the caterpillar actually is frozen solid and its organs shut down, but a natural antifreeze protects ice crystals from forming inside its cells. When the spring thaw comes, the caterpillar wakes up and continues right where it left off! I find this absolutely amazing and a tribute to the mysterious works of nature. 

For more information and a live penguin cam check out the Frozen Planet page.


This journey is not over. Our education initiatives have so much momentum, and we're committed to sharing even more stories from the Arctic when we return.
-Ann Bancroft

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