'Any chance the BBC will take my Irish TV License fee instead?' - everyone was loving Blue Planet 2 last night
Sunday night's episode of Blue Planet II blew the socks off viewers as it travelled to The Deep, revealing the secrets at the bottom of the ocean.
We know less about it than we do about Mars and the latest episode of the fascinating BBC series showed us volcanic activity on the ocean floor and hydothermal vents which boast as much life as tropical rainforests.
Sir David Attenborough explained how one in the Atlantic called The Lost City is one of the most important.
"Within its 60 metre towers something truly extraordinary is taking place: under extremes of pressure and temperatures, hydrocarbons - the molecules that are the basic component of all living things - are being created spontaneously."
He added, "Indeed, many scientists now believe life on Earth may have begun around a vent like this four billion years ago."
In fact, given there are seas on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn, he added, "If life can exist under such extreme conditions down here, then surely it could exist somewhere out there?"
Viewers were amazed by the stunning episode which also explored lakes at the bottom of the sea and the creatures that inhabit them. A fish with a transparent head was one such wonder.
Here's a flavour of the reaction:
#BluePlanet2 any chance the BBC will take my Irish TV License fee instead?— Scot Reid (@uwwtp) November 6, 2017
So last night we all learnt that at the bottom of the deep, dark, scary sea, there is a deeper, darker, scarier sea! #BluePlanet2— tim sinclair (@timmysinclair) November 6, 2017
#BluePlanet2 love that 2m long jelly thing the perspective was amazing when the shark swam past. 👽we are not alone— muzza (@muzza456ao) November 6, 2017
#BluePlanet2 was so good I genuinely had a dream last night where I just went around telling people how good it was.— Joshua Banks (@JoshuaJonBanks) November 6, 2017
Lakes?? At the bottom of the ocean?? That episode has got to be one of the greatest pieces of television I've ever seen 🌎 #BluePlanet2— Eleanor Hamilton (@ellehamilton_) November 5, 2017
Still can't get over the footage of the toxic lake and the hydrothermal vents, incredible filmmaking #BluePlanet2— Dayna Lea (@daynaleaac) November 6, 2017
There’ve been vistas in this episode of #BluePlanet2 more stupefying than many a science fiction film I’ve seen— Tom Holland (@holland_tom) November 5, 2017
#BluePlanet2 kept My kids up for this.. they should have been in bed..no regrets never seen them so calm and engaged.— Louise Traynor (@L173Tray) November 5, 2017
How am I supposed to sleep tonight knowing that those shrimp will never, ever escape from that sponge. #BluePlanet2— Charlie Robertson (@charlieandchill) November 5, 2017