Yes, the Bobbit worm is named after THAT Bobbit - 5 things we learned from #BluePlanet2
Blue Planet 2's third episode was a thing of spectacular beauty, but also the stuff of nightmares.
Delving into the world's coral reefs the hit BBC show, narrated by David Attenborough, brought us terrifying foot long carnivorous worms, sharks, and, most horrifying of all, plastic which is invading the dying reefs thanks to humans and our ignorant ways.
It wasn't alll doom and gloom, however. Before Attenborough told us off for putting the fate of the earth under threat, we got to meet the clown fish working together, the octopus and grouper fish and their bromance, and the turkfish using his tools.
Here's what we learned.
Yes, the Bobbit worm is called after Lorena Bobbitt
In 1993 Lorena Bobbitt cut off her husband John's penis with a knife. It was later reattached. The Bobbit worm has razor sharp spring loaded jaws to catch their prey.
Stuff of nightmares.
Yes, the Bobbit worm is named after THAT Bobbit #BluePlanet2— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) November 12, 2017
Teamwork is big on the reefs
We could learn a thing or two from these guys.
Forget the other Christmas ads the octopus and the grouper fish is the best story this year #BluePlanet2— jason harrold (@jason_harrold) November 12, 2017
If a group of clown fish can push a coconut to create a house you can handle tomorrow #BluePlanet2— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) November 12, 2017
No, you’re crying watching the fish working together to move the coconut shell #BluePlanet2— Declan Cashin Big Dec Energy (@Tweet_Dec) November 12, 2017
Why am I crying watching fish move a coconut shell ? They did so well, I’m so proud 😭 #BluePlanet2— Cad🌿 (@MonsterGrillz) November 12, 2017
Corals are breathtaking and we're killing them
Almost half of the worlds corals have bleached. Why? Because a raise in temperature of between 1 and 2 degrees will cause it. #ClimateChange is warming the oceans acidifying the oceans. #BluePlanet2 pic.twitter.com/G1IYFPyN2Y— Daniel Schneider (@BiologistDan) November 13, 2017
Our mindless use of plastic has a horrifying impact
did anyone else feel a great sadness when that plastic water bottle came drifting in? what are we doing to this world 🌎😔 #BluePlanet2— Chloe Rich (@ceeepr) November 12, 2017
70% of our planet is made up of water; there's soo much to explore but we should be ashamed that a plastic bottle made it onto #BluePlanet2— 🗣 Mark Thompson (@_MarkOnLife) November 12, 2017
If we all do just one little thing to help, it would make a massive difference. Next time you buy a toothbrush, get a bamboo one instead of plastic. Use paper straws instead of plastic. Use non-plastic cotton buds. Do SOMETHING! #BluePlanet2 #plasticfree— Neville's Knitwear (@Falafel_McFly) November 12, 2017
The #BluePlanet2 team collected every piece of plastic they came across while filming.— BBC Earth (@BBCEarth) November 12, 2017
David Attenborough may be God
If there is anything more distressing than listening to David Attenborough telling us in hushed tones that we have fucked up the planet, then I don't want to hear it. #BluePlanet2— Emily Cottrell (@EmilyA_Cottrell) November 12, 2017
Blue Planet 2 continues on BBC One on Sunday nights.