'Into the Blue' with Rod White
The 'Blue Planet II: Into the Blue' extra gives us a fascinating insight into the efforts it takes to realise the wonderful footage we see on our screens each episode.
Like the Blue Planet series, it takes a huge amount of preparation, effort and dedication from our team to deliver our conservation programmes aboard our research vessel, Silurian. Over the coming weeks, members of the team will share their own ‘Into the Blue’ moments, highlighting some of their most memorable times aboard Silurian.
This week, Rod White, one of our dedicated research volunteers, shares one of his top experiences...
The following day we spotted several minke whale south of the Shiants and then, when I was on computer recording duty, I heard dolphin whistles on the hydrophone and saw the characteristic sinusoidal recordings on the scrolling computer screen. The whistles grew louder and louder and as their echo location clicks appeared in addition to the whistles, I heard the shout “sighting” from the observers on deck. A large pod of common dolphin was soon riding at our bow. The whistles and clicks were so loud I was in a torment of indecision wanting to go on deck to enjoy the visual spectacle but also wanting to stay where I was and continue listening to these wonderful animals.