Sir David Attenborough to return to Great Barrier Reef

The broadcaster and naturalist first filmed at the world’s largest coral reef system in 1957 for the series Zoo Quest, but will be visiting once again for a three part series to be broadcast on BBC One later next year. 

The series, which is to be called David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef, will be using cutting edge technologies to take an even closer look at tiny and rarely seen creatures. Techniques such as satellite scanning will be used to examine the reef, and there are also speculations that the film crew may be testing 3D filming for an additional project. The series will mostly be filmed underwater, which combined with Sir David’s storytelling will make for fantastic viewing.

‘The rainforest of the ocean’

Sir David has previously said that scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef for the first time was the most magical thing he has ever seen in his life. Describing it himself as having ‘astounding and unforgettable beauty’, the Great Barrier Reef attracts millions of visitors each year, including those on Australian Tours. He also expressed that the Great Barrier Reef was the place he would most like to revisit and was keen to return to the reef for this exciting new documentary.

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef will be filmed by the same team behind the triple Emmy award-winning documentary series First Life, which saw the presenter search for the very first animals that lived on the planet. This will also be David Attenborough’s 10th project with the team, known as Atlantic Productions.

This highly anticipated series will show a unique insight into this natural wonder, which is also one that can also be experienced first-hand during escorted tours with Scenic Tours.

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