Life: Season 1, Episode 8

Creatures of the Deep (30 Nov. 2009)

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Marine invertebrates, the descendants of one billion years of evolutionary history, are the most abundant creatures in the ocean. In the Sea of Cortez, packs of Humboldt squid make ... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Doug Allen ...
Himself (as Doug Allan)
David Jones ...
Himself - Dive Contractor
Michael Pitts ...
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Herself - Narrator (U.S. Broadcast)


Marine invertebrates, the descendants of one billion years of evolutionary history, are the most abundant creatures in the ocean. In the Sea of Cortez, packs of Humboldt squid make night-time raids from the deep to co-operatively hunt sardines. Beneath the permanent Antarctic sea ice of McMurdo Sound, sea urchins, red sea stars and nemertean worms are filmed scavenging on a seal carcass. A fried egg jellyfish hunts amongst a swarm of Aurelia in the open ocean, spearing its prey with harpoon-like tentacles. In the shallows off South Australia, hundreds of thousands of spider crabs gather annually to moult. Large male cuttlefish use flashing stroboscopic colors and strength to win a mate, whereas smaller rivals rely on deceit: both tactics are successful. A Pacific giant octopus sacrifices her life to tend her single clutch of eggs for six months. Marine invertebrates have a lasting legacy on land too - their shells formed the chalk and limestone deposits of Eurasia and the Americas. Written by Anonymous

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Extremely Colorful
29 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very colorful episode, as you can imagine just by the title.

All creatures f the deep are invertebrates, meaning they have no spine. That's one of the first of many tidbits of information provided in this episode of "Life," which I viewed on the Discovery Channel HD Network. Oprah Winfrey narrated, but I am looking forward to getting the complete DVD set narrated by David Attenborough.

There are some amazing-looking creatures in the deep, and some that can withstand extremely hot temperatures. Most people think the ocean must be really cold, and it is in most spots but there are volcanoes beneath and to be around them.....well, it gets very hot. Yet, that's what some fish want, as we see.

We view things like "The Red Devil" (a large squid), along swarms of 100,000 jellyfish, starfish, spider crabs, cuddle fish, king crabs and some amazing footage of coral reefs and what is found among them, such as the Great Barrier.

This is another and highly-recommended episode in this fine series.

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