WOW! The BBC needs our help.
We've all seen some wonderful and amazing acts of nature when we've gone fishing. But have you seen something that every time you tell someone about it they go – WOW! Well, if you've got a 'WOW' story about life in and on the water, then the BBC Natural History Unit would like to hear from you.
Recently the Club was contacted by Tim Jeffree, a BBC Researcher. He's looking for a 'WOW' story to consider for the BCC's next Blue Planet Series (Blue Planet III - yes it's on the cards). And with the amount of trips our members have had out or near the water, I'm sure we'll have a couple to pass on. To gauge what type of acts we are referring too take a look at this from the acclaimed Blue Planet II.
Now that's what we call WOW!
As part of providing more information about what Tim is exactly looking for here's what he wrote in his letter to us.
We are currently developing an eight part series, which will cover the majority of biomes across Earth, including episodes for both “Shallow Seas” and “Deep Sea/Open Ocean”, a “Human Habitats” episode that will cover cities, agriculture, shipwrecks, human-wildlife interactions, etc., and a final “Heroes” episode focusing on conservation.
The series is still in its very earliest stages and has not yet been greenlit, but we hope that it will match or exceed the size and scale of the “Blue Planet” and “Planet Earth” franchises.
An emphasis of the series is to focus as much as possible on new behaviours or species that have never been filmed before, and we are very keen to talk to fishing enthusiasts for potential new stories for our Shallow Seas and Open Ocean episodes. Our sequence of giant trevally hunting seabirds for Blue Planet II, for example, came from reports from fishermen. We are hoping there might be similar stories out there that are known in local communities but are still new to science.
As initial research, I was wondering whether there are any particularly interesting events or behaviours that you know of that you feel could potentially be filmed as part of our series. Typical behaviours we tend to focus on include predation, fighting, migration, huge baitballs/aggregations, etc. but we’d be interested in hearing about any other unusual anecdotes. Stories also don’t have to be limited to fish, so could include marine mammals or seabirds. If we were to go ahead and pursue any of these stories, we would hope to collaborate with you when it comes to filming.
Is there anything that you or perhaps other members of the Swordfish & Tunny Club of Australia know of that you think could be of interest to our series?
Many thanks in advance for your help, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
So there you have it. If you've seen something that might excite Tim, now's your chance to be part of greatness!
You can forward your 'WOW' stories directly to Tim via his e-mail Tim.Jeffree@bbc.co.uk (just make sure you mention you're a STC member) or they can be passed on through the Club.