BBC Earth, Virgin Oceanic Expedition Team for Film, TV Content
Virgin Oceanic's Five Dives expedition will be joined by BBC filmmakers to create new content for film and TV, BBC Earth and Virgin announced Tuesday.
Camera crews will have access to the unexplored territory, bringing the new discoveries to audiences on an international level.
“This project will unlock the world’s greatest wilderness allowing us to film underwater in a way that has previously been impossible” said Neil Nightingale, creative director for BBC Earth. “94% of all known life is aquatic and this expedition will uncover never seen behaviour and footage. Quite simply we don’t yet know exactly what we will find, but it’s potentially the most exciting project a wildlife filmmaker could work on.”
The five dives are as follows:
Mariana Trench Pacific Ocean 10,945m (35,911ft)
Puerto Rico Trench Atlantic Ocean 8,605m (28,232 ft)
Molloy Deep Arctic Ocean 5,608m (18,399 ft)
South Sandwich Trench Southern Ocean 7,235m (23,737 ft)
Diamantina Indian Ocean 8,047m (26,401 ft)
Previous underwater filming was restricted to the top skin of the sea. The cameras will film and capture what happens at any depth for this project.